We gathered at Rob’s at 4:30 AM, Rick’s wife Theresa driving with all our luggage, and Rob driving the van with four of the bicycle boxes packed inside the cabin, which had been emptied of all the seats. Ken’s wife, Mary, rode along in the van so as to return it to Gig Harbor. We met Tony and his gear at the airport, since he lives close by.
Our three-hour flight to Dallas was uneventful. Our three-hour layover in Dallas began with a visit to a wine shop very near our gate, where David began educating us about wine, with a primer on three of the wines of Texas. We imagined our Mexican lunch to be the last non-Italian meal for a while. With the check for lunch, we also decided on how to handle communal expenses. Rick and Rob have some up-front deposits, and will continue to cover these expenses. David will pay for meals while we are a fivesome. In the end we’ll have a grand settling-up.