The Day Of Type 3 Fun

Date : 1/13/24 — Day 12

“0” Day Count = 1

Location : Key Largo Inn, Key Largo, FL, MM 100.8

I sure am glad I’m semi-retired.  Otherwise, today would’ve been a really bad day, eg, stewing about how the poor management decisions at the Key Largo Inn were negatively impacting my calm demeanor.

Succinctly put, if you’re passing by MM 100 on the OHT, don’t stop at the Key Largo Inn.  Keep right on movin’ up (or down) the road.

Ok, so it was a Type 3 Fun day.  If this is your first time hearing about the Fun continuum, pull up a chair.  Class is now in session.

Type 1 Fun is Fun! 

Examples include driving with the car top down on a beautiful day; a first kiss; magic moments with a loved one.

Type 2 Fun is Fun … After the Fact.

Examples include doing a few more reps or sets; dealing with teenagers; raking leaves or shoveling snow.  IMO, if you can make a good story out of an unpleasant situation, it’s Type 2 Fun.

Type 3 Fun is No Fun … Now, or Ever.  

Examples include, well … you can figure it out.

So, today was a Type 3 Fun day.  If I’d been preoccupied with, “I’m wasting a day’s vacation waiting for these people to get their heads out of their orifices — and the better hotels are all booked up!”, I’d have exploded.

But really, I didn’t even have the choice of simply pressing northward.  Yesterday’s 15 miles left their marks on my feet and back.

I hope this wasn’t too negative, just sharing the day’s events.

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Comments 9

  • Wrekreation : Jan 14th

    You have completed your first 100 miles. That means you only need to do that 43 more times before you complete your noble quest. Maybe don’t measure the “fun” levels, but measure the memory levels. I’d guess this type 3 day will be more memorable than any type 2, but less than a type 1.

    • Allen Evans : Jan 21st

      Wrekreation … thanks for the encouragement? 🤒

      Do you have an opinion on the ECT’s overall length?

      I’ve seen it listed as both 4,400 miles long and 5,500 miles long, but I don’t know which citation to believe.

  • Phyllis : Jan 14th

    I do not mind your venting and I truly understand! I’ll be praying for your hike and sending angels to help!

    • Allen Evans : Jan 21st

      Thank you, Phyllis!

      I’m grateful to receive prayers and well wishes any day of the week!

  • Wrekreation : Jan 14th

    “Hiking – I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It is a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply “A la sainte terre,” “To the Holy Land.” And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, no “hike” through Them.” John Muir

    • Allen Evans : Jan 21st

      This 👆🏼 is why people loved Sheldon Cooper, PhD.

  • Maxine : Jan 20th

    Sooo . . . exactly what horrific offense did the Key Largo Inn commit?

    • Allen Evans : Jan 21st

      Hello, Maxine … thanks for asking.

      Like most no good, very bad days, it was a mixture of roadwalk fatigue (on my side) and the front desk clerk’s uncaring/unconcerned/uninformed attitude.

      For example, over a period of 9 hours I (and others) received responses like the following — on several occasions, “check-in time is 3 PM, if your room is ready”, or, “yes, your room *is* ready, but check-in is 3 PM”, or, “I must check with the manager on [that]” at which time she disappeared.

      Finally, at 3 PM, I was permitted to check-in … by the on-coming night shift desk clerk.

      Now mind you, I sat either in the courtyard or the front office from 5 AM ’til 3 PM. Out of perhaps 200 rooms, the hotel had perhaps 3 rooms with long-term tenants, ie, people clearly leaving for work, and 197 rooms with honeymooners who refused to leave their love shacks. Put another way, excluding the few folks commuting to work at approximately 6 AM, only about 3 guests participated in the sad excuse of a free breakfast, and/or departed from their rooms on outings, and/or returned from outings to their rooms.

      Again, thanks for asking. I look forward to your future participation in the comment section.


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