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Frankenbutt wanted to stop at Out Spokin Bicycle shop in Augusta before leaving town. Brett, the owner and manager, had visited us at the Augusta track and kindly brought us replacement tire tubes. He agreed to open early for us this morning so we could resolve some of the hand pain I’ve been having. I am worried that I might be doing some permanent nerve damage since the pain, tingling and numbness in my palms are not subsiding at night. It got worse when one of my bar ends broke, leaving me with a lopsided option for changing up my hand positions while riding.
Brett directed us to a great pair of bar ends and offered some cushioning tape to wrap them. While Frankenbutt installed my new bar ends, Brett helped me find a good pair of riding gloves which provides cushioning without adding pressure to my carpel tunnel area. We also bought some Chocolate Outrage GU high calorie gel snacks for the Beast and some all natural peanut butter flavored snacks for us. Brett took a picture of us before we left and gave us his card, letting us know that he’d be available to assist us if we ran into any issues as we headed towards Lexington, SC.
As exhilarating as those downhill runs were, the uphill climbs were excruciating. My head was drenched with sweat and residual salt coated my face, arms, chest and back. All three of us had to drop to our lowest gear, 1,1, in order to make it up most of the hills at a whopping 3-4 mph. Have you ever tried to drive 3 mph?? It’s almost like rolling backwards! We estimate that we climbed at least 50 hills.
As the day grew longer, we got concerned that we might not make it to Lexington, SC BMX at 7pm as we had planned. Every time we passed a hotel, I so wanted to turn in and just get a room and some relief. But we didn’t. We just didn’t want to disappoint one another or ourselves. We took breaks often, gave pep talks, sang songs loudly and rode exhaustedly ahead, arriving at Lexington BMX around 7:15 pm. It was quite a subdued arrival since most of the track families really didn’t know about our ride. We introduced ourselves to the lady at the window who immediately took an interest in our ride and we had some terrific conversation with her and her husband (whose names allude me at the moment…sorry!).
Our new friends at Lexington BMX made up a box of concession stand snacks that are being devoured as I type this. They gave us chips, candy, hot dogs, sodas, gatorade, waters and some double mint gum. It definitely made our stay a little yummier! Thanks, guys!
It’s late and I’m exhausted. Tomorrow we’ll get up and do it all over again with our eyes on arriving at Clemmons, NC by Friday.