Hope you liked the joke … it’s not exactly “PEN-tertainment” (the funny stuff that happens whenever Penny S. is in your presence) but I hope it made you smile or giggle.
Well, our launch date is about 2 months away … and we are working to do everything that needs to be done before we put our feet to the pedals and bid our home life farewell. Since Frankenbutt had to put in a full day at the bike shop today, I resolved to tackle painting the garage. Some people hate painting. I love it and I’m not alone. I recently found a kindred spirit in Dave Miller of Sarasota. We talked for close to 30 minutes about recent paint and re-paint projects we’ve both done. Maybe we both inhaled a few too many paint fumes over the years, eh?
So, I hauled out my paint pan, stirring sticks, roller, cover and extension rod. Using my paint key, I popped open the lids of a few gallons of exterior paint and set about stirring them. Once satisfied that the paint was consistently mixed, I poured the smooth, creamy concoction into the paint pan and began rolling the new wooden garage doors and the old cinder block frame.
As per usual, physical labor let my mind wander to creative areas and I thought of all kinds of ideas I wanted to share with friends, family and a few bmx contacts. Knowing I wouldn’t remember all of them, I found myself putting the roller down every 10 minutes or so to send off another email, text or to add a note to my bike ride agenda. After getting paint on a few of my Blackberry keys, I put the phone in the house and focused solely on the task at hand. Eventually, I finished the first coat of paint and cleaned up my mess, knowing I’ll need to put another coat on in a few days … but, not tomorrow.
Frankenbutt is off work tomorrow and we have some new bike parts to test out! Finally, the skewer we needed for the single wheel bike trailer came in as well as my new shifters. Frankenbutt’s new Brooks saddle is in and although he took a short 20 mile ride on it by himself yesterday while the Beast and I focused on school work, he‘s still breaking it in. We also need to test out the different ways we’re considering to tow the Beast’s BMX bike.
Thanks to all of you who have forwarded links to our website onto your friends! We’re getting to know all kinds of people who are sharing their biking experiences with us and providing us with very good insight.
By the way, we are still developing a list of people interested in hosting us or allowing us to camp in their yards along our route. If you’re interested and you want to find out more, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you more details.
More later; Til then, Feel free to weigh in with your shock, support, doubts, wisdom and your own biking experiences. You can post a comment or email us, email@example.com.
Miles ridden so far: 0 (training miles don't count)