Sultan turned out to be so wonderful! One of the best little towns so far. I stopped first at the local Ace Hardware to get some PVC pipe to fix my BMW so every time it rains, the water can’t collect on top. Anyway, the man was nice enough to fix me up and gave the parts for free! Then as I was standing there trying to figure out where I was going to stay that night (it was noon and I still had no place to stay), a woman approached me, asked me what I was up to and said that she had seen me earlier and offered for me to come back to her bakery and feed me some lunch. Of course I said yes! So we went back to her place and I had a great sandwich and sat with a nice family who invited me over to their table for a chat. The waitress was so sweet; she donated all of her day’s tips to me. It just about made me cry and made me feel so good to know that so many people, who have never met me before, could care so much. It was a day of receiving for me, and I can’t wait to pay it forward.
I continued on towards Gold Bar where I finally decided to just get a room at the motel there before my big climb up my first mountain. The man who owned it was interesting. Very dry, and don’t really care to smile. But he offered me a heater for my room and told my colorful neighbor, Toby, to keep the noise down because I was his neighbor for the night, and I needed to get some sleep. Toby’s big dog came out to greet us, and his roommate gave me a yogurt cup as a gift and told me to eat since it was since cold.
Toby and his friends were up alllllllllllll night. Trying be quite when they thought about it, because I would hear Toby yelling at everyone to shut up because the girl next door needs to sleep, but for the most part, they were up playing the guitar and doing who knows what else. When I left that next morning there was a sign on the door that said: “Please do not disturb until noon.” So I left him a note, and said thanks for trying.