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Tuesday was a “down” day for us. Although we didn’t really need rest, we are kind of in a “holding pattern” on our ride. When we originally planned our route, we allowed 2 extra weeks of unscheduled stops in August, to allow for the unexpected. To be quite honest, I thought it would take us far longer than it has, to reach the planned destinations. Also, we were disappointed to learn that two of our planned stops were at Ohio tracks that closed and the NBL offices, (which also closed) during our route planning.
We added 3 stops in Ohio to our schedule because they worked out well on our adjusted route. We stopped at the Norwalk, Ohio track on our way into Michigan and at the Toledo Speedway ABA track on our way out of Michigan. Both were short notice stops to the track directors but both welcomed us. Thursday morning, we’ll ride the 35 or so miles from here to the Cleves track, another added stop.
With not much to do on Tuesday, the three of us found ourselves feeling bored. We wandered up to the camp store around 9am so that Frankenbutt could get some coffee and we could pick up a few supplies. Surprisingly, the attendant said they only sell coffee on the weekends. Do these people not understand the power of caffeine addiction? It’s not just a weekday thing … it’s a lifelong daily commitment for coffee drinkers. It’s not an issue for me because I rarely drink coffee. Frankenbutt, on the other hand, is more like “Frankenstein” until after his first cup. Considering he was “jonesing”, I sent him in to “sweet talk” the lady at the counter. He returned letting me know that he promised we’d pay for and drink at least half the pot. And we did. I gave up diet soda … I hope I don’t take up coffee.
By noon, I had written my blog, sent emails and returned phone calls … even though our signal is sketchy here. In the afternoon, Frankenbutt and I began researching a rental vehicle to get us back from Louisville. We had done searches before and found the “one way” drop fees for rental cars to be extraordinary so we figured we’d rent a U-Haul truck or van. To our surprise, their rates are quite high as well. At this point, the cheapest rental we’ve found is a 12’ moving truck (that only gets 10-12 mpg) and Penske wants $415 for that. UGH!
Does anyone have any ideas for a more affordable alternative to get us and our bikes from Louisville, KY to our Gmom’s in Elmer, NJ?? We’ve checked bus tickets and Greyhound quoted $154 per person for a one way ticket to Atlantic City, and I doubt we can bring Coco on the bus. We’ve checked one way air fare and it’s $290 each, plus extra for Coco. Some Florida riders have offered to transport our bikes back for us and that’s a help. Considering we have a 13 year old daughter, we’re not eager to do any of the online “hitch a ride” with strangers websites. Let us know your thoughts.
I’ll give you a “heads up”: as we near our final destination of the Louisville, KY track, we may turn off our location on the Google Latitudes application. We don’t want anything to stand in our way of making our final destination, so we plan to arrive a bit ahead of schedule, giving us a time cushion for road repairs, etc. We also will not announce on this blog that we’ve arrived until our “official” arrival which media are being invited to attend. We’ll still being posting blogs regularly … just minus our exact location.
Recently, a BMXer at a track asked if there was anything at all they could bring for us to the Grands. Believe it or not, the only thing I can think of is Camp Chairs. We will be staying in our tent at the track and have all we need to camp but it would be sooooo nice to have a few chairs to sit in. We typically sit on the ground to eat during our biking day and at picnic tables at campgrounds. I miss a good old chair with a little back support.
Throughout the day, I received text message updates from our daughter, "the Editor", letting us know that she made each of the 3 connecting flights she had to take to get from Philadelphia to Honolulu. On the longest leg, she was seated next to a toddler and a mom who had a baby on her lap. She thought that Murphy's Law was going to get her again but let us know that they turned out to be the best behaved passengers on the flight. Good to know that somShe'll be re-starting classes soon and will be meeting a new dorm mate. We really didn't get to see her much this summer because of the bike ride but we are hoping to see her when she returns home for Christmas break.
Well, it’s time to take care of all the bills from home that didn’t go away just because we left. Luckily, we can pay our electric bill, credit card, car insurance, etc. all online. Hope you are having a great day! If the weather cooperates, consider going for a bike ride. If you’re feeling more politically motivated, send an email or call your local government and ask for a bike rack in the area you shop.