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Today has been about rest and relaxation … and laundry. After a rainy night, we awoke to cool spring air. The Beast was up and dressed and out of the tent first. Frankenbutt and I lounged for awhile and then we took a leisurely stroll to the camp store, where Frankenbutt enjoyed a cup of real coffee; the instant coffee just isn’t doing it for him.
I’ve also been working on the details for our upcoming stops in Hagerstown, MD and Winchester, VA and reading and answering emails. I received an email today from our track director at Tampa BMX with details about the USA BMX merge of NBL and ABA. I was alarmed when it said that we all need to complete USA BMX applications AND BRING OUR BIRTH CERTIFICATES, before we’ll be allowed to race on ABA or NBL tracks. I panicked because we don’t have the Beast’s birth certificate on us. I emailed Connie Shepler @ the NBL office who assured me that we can submit her birth certificate later; that the Beast will still be able to race. Phwew!
1) Our $2 thrift store lightweight pot was more than worth what we paid for it.
2) Our 14x14” car detailing cloths work well as towels; they dry us and themselves fast.
3) I love my down sleeping bag; great when it’s chilly; comfy to lie on when it’s hot.
4) Knorr’s “just add water” pasta and rice dishes are cheap, yummy, hot and easy.
5) Dental Floss is the strongest, most portable and easiest sewing kit I’ve ever used.
6) I could have brought mismatched flatware from home; cheaper and little difference.
7) A 7x7’ tent can hold 2 adults, 1 child, a dog and 6 pannier bags … if you like each other.
8) When I feel like I just can’t go another mile, messages of support help me do it.
9) The $50 we spent for our tiny Primus stove was well worth it: works great!
10) $80 Trek Panniers wore out just as fast as $15 Schwinn panniers. $200 Jandd panniers are showing little, if any, wear. We have 2 of each; wish we could have all Jandd.
11) I LOVE my Lazer helmet and my Under Armour sweatband. I never ride w/o them.
12) Tuna Fish packs and Mayo packs (picked up @ fast food places) don’t need refrigeration and go well on Pita bread (which doesn’t flatten like loaf bread).
13) Sometimes I get really tired of oatmeal… but there aren’t many other breakfast options that don’t require refrigeration (ie, eggs, milk, butter, etc)
14) A free meal is one of the nicest things we can receive; food is our greatest expense
15) There are times when we all are just too tired to shower; deodorant is a big help but ONLY IF we ALL agree to skip a shower. FYI, Coco loves us either way.
16) People are generally good! We’ve had so many kind gestures by strangers. It far outweighs the few negative “get on a bike path” comments we’ve gotten.
17) Padded bike gloves are necessary for long distance riding.
18) My Thousand Trails camp membership is well worth it; My Passport America membership has way too many rules, is not “tent friendly” and is not what was advertised.
19) Long distance Bike riding has left me feeling better physically and emotionally than any other activity I’ve ever done.
20) Bringing Coco was a good decision! She is such a comfort at the end of a long day and she’s an ambassador of sorts, an ice breaker, when we stop along our route.
21) BMXers are some of the greatest people in the world. How come most of the people running the sanctions aren’t BMXers??
22) The one time $20 fee we paid to Tetherbridge.com (so that we could connect my smart phone to our computer and have internet at no additional monthly charge) isn’t perfect but it’s definitely good enough … and helps our budget!
23) The Hydro Flasks that www.stuntlifeinc.com gave us during our visit to Jacksonville BMX are FABULOUS! They truly do what they advertise! We put and Ice cubes and water in at start of day and there are still ICE CUBES at the end of the day!
24) The sponsors that our track director, Art Heinrichs, helped arrange have made a huge difference in the success of our ride. We owe Art and them our gratitude! Thanks to Tampa BMX, J&R Bicycles, Ohio Dreams, Smoothie King, Riderz Ready Jerseys, Comfort Inns and Suites, BMXmania.com, and National Bicycle League.
25) I’ve also discovered I like to write. It only took me to my 40’s to find that out.