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I am soooo tired so this blog will be brief. This morning, we again realized that the Google Bicycling directions trumped the Garmin GPS by about 40 miles. Unfortunately, last night’s hotel did not offer a business center where we could print out the directions. So, I sat down and wrote out the directions for the first third of the trip. I figured I’d write more when we stopped for a break. As we got further down the road, I also re-ran the directions on the Garmin GPS and finally, synced up and had similar mileage. It’s so much easier to ride via the GPS since it beeps to let you know when to turn and you don’t have to count on a street sign to be there … believe me, a lot of street signs are either missing or hidden behind branches.
Although we had a slower start, we picked up steam in the late afternoon when the hills leveled out a little. We played several rounds of “20 Questions” and enjoyed stumping one another. Kudos to me for choosing “milk crate” and forcing Frankenbutt and the Beast way past 20 questions. The Beast guessed Frankenbutt’s “Monopoly Game” in 7 questions!
As the day was winding down, I booked our hotel room. Unfortunately, there were no Comfort Inns or their affiliates along our route. I went through Hotels.com and booked America’s Best Value Inn. When we were about 10 miles away, I got a nagging pain in my lower back. I didn’t voice anything about it until about 6 miles from the hotel. I told my fellow riders that I’d need their support to make it the final distance. Luckily, the roads into town were relatively flat and the final mile was almost completely downhill.
We checked in to our hotel and I announced that I’d rather rest than go eat. Frankenbutt suggested I shower right away and then see how I felt. His thinking was right and I definitely felt better and hungrier after my nice hot shower. We stopped at a local Mexican restaurant, 2 doors down, and enjoyed nachos and burritos for dinner. While we dined, I received this Blog Comment on my cell. Phone:
I saw your family riding in Burlington, NC today and I searched for your website out of mindless curiosity. After reading your page, I looked up at my husband with tears streaming down my face and said, "We need a goal like that!"
We have been lost in thought about a plan for our family with children aged 11 months, 4 and 6. We are recreational hikers so we thought about the Appalachian Trail but it happens to be 2000 miles long- I think we will stick with something shorter for our first mission!! Thanks for being an inspiration today- your ride was important to us.
To Taryn and your family: Do it! Judging by the ages of your children, you’re young enough to learn not to fall into the “trappings of success”. The more you consume and surround yourself with, the harder it is to walk away, hike away, bike away, etc. and find the real gifts big adventures can give you. Also, check out www.nbl.org and/or www.jointhenation.org regarding BMX and Strider Bike racing for young kids. At BMX tracks, you’ll find some of the most adventurous and fascinating people in the world!
PS- sorry for the late posting; again my cell. signal was not strong enough to tether to my laptop and the hotel didn't offer Wifi ... so, I'm sitting at the local McDonald's enjoying an egg McMuffin and Wifi. Have a great day!