We were feeling pretty good about everything after our great pre-race shakeout experience. We ran back to our room to shower and change then headed back out to meet Mike’s best friend since kindergarten, Pat, who drove from Houston to meet up with us.
We met up on 6th St. We were pretty hungry so we hit up the first place we came across, B.D. Riley’s. The food was not great, but we enjoyed our local beers and some various whiskeys. With the high from our great morning and the celebratory feeling of being with an old friend, our vow for a low-cal, chem-free day went right out the window.
It didn’t take Mike long to get pretty jolly and hit up the musician for requests.
After lunch we moved on to Banger’s. I had heard overheard someone talking about their “Manmosas”. It turns out those are only for brunch on Sundays, but we loved the place anyway. They had like a million beers on tap, so we tried Pat’s recommendation of St. Arnold’s Lawnmower, and later Mike picked us out a Fat Bastard.
I’m not a huge fan of sausage, but we had to try it at a place famous for it’s sausage. Mike picked out the rabbit sausage, and it was actually very good.
The live music was great. I wished I’d stopped to appreciate it more, but I was too focused on having fun with Mike and Pat. After a while, I decided that I’d had too much fun and headed back to the hotel to chill and hydrate. Mike and Pat continued the fun but still managed to get back in time to run a marathon the next day. More on that another day.