Gra Nomad Wanderings

Monday, May 08, 2006

OLD FRIENDS MEET

Not a great photo, but this records our meeting with Geoffrey Pritchard.
Geoff is the eldest son of very good friends of ours, Bob & Wendy. The Pritchard clan reside in Perth (mostly, sorry Simon). We originally met them in Calgary when Bob and I played cricket for University of Calgary!
Wow! Bob has retired! Well at least changed from what he's been doing for about 40 years! Good onya Bob!
We 'd received an email from Geoff telling us that he was going to a conference in Omaha. Hey, how bout that! Our trip from Newton, through Des Moines to Denver was gonna take us straight through Omaha, Nebraska. In fact we've be there about 4 or 5 pm on a Friday arvo! Imagine that.
Well, we arrived at the Information Centre at 4:30 pm and after a short break headed into the city proper. We found the main drag fairly empty and available parking right opposite the Sheraton where Geoff was going to be staying! Just as we were having a look at the parking meter, a bloke calls out to us, you don't have to put money in them now! I told the bloke it was 4:45 pm and the meters were "alive" till 5 pm. He assured me everyone had gone off work by now so don't waste your money. So, we are 25 c richer.
Into the hotel.... pretty flash place... tried to pass myself off as a rich entrepeneur... failed... she picked me for a yobbo Aussie. Wonder if I was wearing that cheap Sydney T shirt? So, she pages Geoff who arrived downstairs in 5 minutes. He had just arrived in his room. What great timing!
We had a good chat with Geoff over a coffee and then showed him our Banana Split in the trunk of the Ford Focus. He was amazed. He is a keen athlete and just recently competed in a triathlon. Cyclist, runner, swimmer, ex Aussie rules umpie... that sort of guy. He has a lovely wife Rachel and 2 gorgeous daughters that will keep him hopping for the rest of his life. (Matilda, named after our campervan and Eliza.) We saw photos of the kids and footage of Geoff and Rachel at Gallipolli taken recently. What a fancy phone/camera thing Geoff.
So, here we are now, having just had the weekend in Denver and ready to head for Monte Vista and then Durango. That's down the SW cnr of Colorado... area called FOUR CORNERS.
Thanks Nancy, and her friend Bob, for looking after us for a couple of days. Good to get a cycle in yesterday on B Split and also to visit WORLD BODYWORKS 2 - an incredible display of the human body currently in Denver.
Better go... big day ahead.

4 Comments:

At 4:02 AM, Blogger julie said...

How disappointing that you couldn't pull off the rich entrapeneur act. Maybe you didn't have the right props for that disguise. :)

I don't know anything about Four Corners, so I'm looking forward to travelling vicariously through you and Faye. Hope it's fun!

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger Keasty said...

Visited GREAT SAND DUNES Nat'l Park & Preserve today. AWESOME!
Maybe photos will follow... later. Tomorrow off to Durango....

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

He named his child after your camper? Wow. You've got clout.

 
At 12:34 AM, Blogger Ron, KS said...

Howdy!

Gra, we're in the money--got the refund from BAK. I'll have CASH here when you return.

Sending you a longer private email.

Have fun--see ya Thursday or Friday.

ron

 

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