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She and her neighbor later drove ahead of us, filming us as we rode the streets of Augusta. I like Augusta and LOVE Augusta BMX but man, this city needs some bike lanes! Once again, the local BMX track is the safest place for a bicycling enthusiast to be. We continued to follow our handle bar mounted GPS which led us to a closed road. YIKES! We re-routed and ended up on River Watch Parkway, which is evidently a training course for Nascar drivers!
Finally, we arrived at the Comfort Suites with time enough to shower and change before we rode out to a pre-arranged meeting spot. Pre-arranged? Hmm, let me give you some background here. We had not originally planned to stop in Augusta but changed our route when Michelle Messing pointed out that it was along our way and that we’d love the Augusta Track. So, just a few days before arriving, we contacted track director Mitch Moon and let him know we’d be coming. Together with some of the terrific women of Augusta BMX, they quickly arranged for a POLICE ESCORTED parade through town to the Augusta BMX Track and an awesome hotel room for us.
So, with plans in place, we left the hotel @ 5:30 pm to meet up at the IHOP parking lot @ 6pm. We couldn’t believe our eyes as we arrived. There were cars, trucks, kids on bikes and 2 police cars. They waved to us as we waited for traffic to clear and enter the parking lot. It felt so good to see so many come together to support us and our beloved sport of BMX. It was what I had envisioned all along when we were planning this ride.
Track Director Mitch, let us all know the plan and we were eager to ride in with riders, ranging in age from 7 to 19 years old. The two police officers used their vehicles to block traffic and soon we were riding, hooting and hollerin’, down the main drag of town. Without hesitation, the BMXers negotiated the up and down hill portions, leaving me (officially, the weakest link!) behind. Not to worry, all the BMX moms and dads were in vehicles behind us, assuring a level of protection, in addition to the police escorts. After a glorious, rock star style escorted parade through town, we arrived at the Augusta BMX track.
The BMX moms had already been there preparing a feast for all of us! Also, the local television station, CBS 12, was on hand to film all of us riding in to the track. Broadcast journalist, Jake, interviewed each of us as the kids rode the track, ate hot dogs, chips, cookies and watermelon. Also, a local bike shop owner joined us and brought us some new tubes! One rider allowed the Beast to use his bike since her race bike is being “lightened up” by J&R Bicycles. After riding 61 miles today, she only put one lap on the well – designed Augusta BMX track.
I really didn’t want the evening to end but the sun had settled low in the sky and it was time to load our bikes into the back of Mitch’s truck and drive back to the hotel since we typically do not ride at night unless we get caught after dark. I got hugs from all the terrific women there, Frankenbutt and the Beast got handshakes and high fives. It was the perfect ending to a perfect evening. As we rode in the truck back to our hotel, a bunch of the BMX families leaving the track beeped and waved as they passed us. I almost cried. It was just so perfect.
Thank you Augusta BMX for everything that you did for us and our arrival. You’ve made our goals for local track stops a reality. You made us feel like BMX rock stars! We love you guys! To our readers, when in or near Augusta, GO TO AUGUSTA BMX! You'll love it!