Parkersburg isn't a very large town and after stopping at a Kroger to buy Cheerios and bananas for my pre-race breakfast, suddenly I found myself at the hotel before I knew it. Actually by the time I realized it, I'd missed my opportunity to pull up to the front door to unload luggage and had to circle the block on a maze of one-way streets.
For the next three nights I'm staying at the Blennerhassett Hotel right downtown and close to everything. It's a really lovely hotel, on the Historic Hotels of America list. The staff were wonderful! I got unloaded, my car whisked away by the valet, and soon I was in my gorgeous corner room with lots of windows, plush furnishings and amenities, and I realized that I needed food. Scottish salmon served over black rice and a glass of white wine and I was ready to retire for the night...it was a long day!
|Blennerhassett Historical Museum|
|Oil and Gas Museum|
|Carny-style food vendors|
I returned to my room where I ate my lunch and then put my feet up and watched a movie on TV. The fitness expo opens at 2 PM and I kept my eye on the clock and kept myself from dozing off, not an easy task as I was getting very sleepy!
The ladies working the packet pickup table obliged me with smiles and waves:
|Packet pickup table|
Later, as I headed up the street to the St. Xavier Event Center for the pasta dinner, there was an antique car show going on, all part of the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival this weekend. Some very nicely restored or original condition cars were backed in along either side of Market Street and I strolled along checking them out on my way to the pasta dinner.
At the pasta party, I sat with a couple who looked to be about my age and we had a very enjoyable dinner and chat before we decided it was time to leave. Spaghetti, followed by a caramel ice cream sundae.
Back to my lovely hotel room, get everything laid out for the next morning and set the alarm for 6 AM.
Tomorrow: Parkersburg Half Marathon!!