We awoke this morning to the sounds of a BMX national race getting started: weed whackers trimming the track, motor homes pulling in and E-Z ups being erected. Mmm, I love the smell of BMX in the morning! And no, it’s not the odor of my bunk mates or me. We all washed up (at least the important parts) in the park bathroom and I managed to wash my hair in the sink, without getting it caught under the faucet.
After I made the morning coffee and tea, Frankenbutt and I packed up all the dirty laundry and headed to the local Laundromat, while the Beast slept in with Coco. We spied an IHOP and easily gave into the idea of a quiet breakfast out together. I had a spinach, mushroom and tomato omelet with swiss cheese and Frankenbutt ordered one of everything on the menu, I think. The waitress arrived with 6 plates in her hands for the 2 of us, and we ate without guilt thanks to all the biking! Mid-shoveling, we were greeted by the familiar faces of the Heinrich’s family from our home track, Tampa BMX. It was terrific to see my hero, Art, who made our bicycling adventure a fantastic endeavor with all the sponsorship he secured for us. We asked their son, Tyler, how his time at the Chula Vista Olympic training facility was and he filled us in on the BIG differences. All of us at Tampa BMX are so proud that he was out there pursuing his dream and also doing such a fine job of representing Tampa BMX!!
FYI, we had to pick a few of these lovely bugs out of our helmets and teeth... ick!
Since the Beast has the day off from riding her bike (she’ll only race the national race on Saturday), and once the laundry was done, there was time for making important phone calls. I re-contacted the West Palm Beach area media and left voice mails again reminding them of the national event happening in their town. Then, I started calling the next few tracks we are stopping at. Unfortunately, I still haven’t been able to reach the Palm Bay, FL track and have been told that they may not be opening. Evidently, the track management is looking for a better facility. So, I called the next track on our route: Jacksonville.
I phoned Michelle of Jax BMX and re-introduced myself, seeing as I hadn’t seen her since Competition Congress in February. No sooner did I have my name out then she said, “we’ve been getting ready for your arrival. When are you coming?” I told her we hoped to be in Jacksonville by Thursday this week, possibly before then if we get good weather, tailwinds, etc. She then told me that Jacksonville track has arranged for a 1 or 2 night stay at the Crowne Plaza hotel, a fancy hotel along the waterfront. Plus, they’ve arranged to have our bicycles serviced at a local bike shop! Go, JACKSONVILLE BMX! Can’t wait to come see you!!
With my phone calls done, I stopped by my favorite beverage connection, SMOOTHIE KING! I love seeing that bright yellow and pink event trailer pulling in to tracks. Within a short time, the blenders were buzzing and people were smiling as they slurped up the natural sweetness. DJ also presented us with an additional bundle of gift cards they received from their corporate office, in support of our ride. Very Cool!
I’m posting my blog early this evening so I can go out and enjoy dinner, compliments of the Okeeheelee BMX track. The concession stand here offers such a cool variety of choices including: Fried Macaroni and Cheese, Conch Salad, Fried Pickles and Wraps, as well as Burgers, Hot Dogs, Fries, etc. TC, Marilyn, Mitch, Michelle and all the terrific people at this West Palm Beach are working so hard to make this event one to remember. The track looks terrific, the food tastes great and everyone’s pulling together all so that kids can do what they love: RIDE THEIR BIKES!
This ride has brought so many wonderful surprises into our lives. Whenever the riding gets tough, I focus on all the cool stuff our BMXers, friends and family have done in support of our ride and the sport we love. WE FEEL THE LOVE!