I asked the Beast how she was feeling and she shrugged. I sensed there was something she wanted to talk about but I've learned to let my children say what's on their mind in their own time and way. After a while, she said "Mom, why are we doing this big bike ride, any way?" I said there were many reasons. She said,"if it's about exercise, can't we stay home and go swimming every day?" I told her that sounded very relaxing and although we'd get exercise, I doubt it would do for us what I believe this ride will do. I explained that sometimes we all need to do something bigger than we are; we need to attempt something that we are not sure we can accomplish. We need to find the strength to do something "epic". I promised her that although it will be one of the toughest things we'll do together, we'll all be glad we've done it. I also promised her that she would find a lot to like about this ride; things that she wouldn't imagine she'd like. Although she's still apprehensive about this, I think she's at least intrigued by these unknown adventures ahead. Considering her age, I know this is not the end of this conversation, but at least we're talking about it.
Regarding the ride today, we passed plenty of riders of all kinds out on the trail. There were racers in full top end gear and on very well made (and pricey) bikes and there were couples riding and laughing together in shorts and t-shirts. There was a family on roller blades, pushing a baby stroller and there were joggers, too. At the pavillion where we met up with Frankenbutt, 2 ladies were applauding each other's efforts for having run 13 miles today. They are preparing for the Iron Woman competition at Clearwater in April. I was so impressed that I congratulated them and wished them well. We told them we were also training and told them about our ride. One of the ladies said she's going to check out our website which made my day. I used to run, mostly to relieve stress when my first marriage was ending. I never got above 3 miles distance in a single run although I tried and tried. They'll be running a half marathon and I wish them all the success in that tough undertaking!
We made it home in under 3 1/2 hours after taking water and snack breaks as well as Coco breaks. After a cool shower and change of clothes, I tackled filing our income taxes online. I hope I did it right because this year, they owe me money! YES! I was so engrossed in all the details that I didn't notice Frankenbutt had taken a nap, a real rarity for him. He awoke as I shouted, "Woo Hoo! we're getting money back, for a change!" I could see he wasn't feeling his best when he started sneezing and holding his sinuses. Apparently, I've given him my cold. Sorry, hon. I suppose the Beast is next.
As of tomorrow, there are only 50 days left 'til we hit the road. It feels like we're on track with our training, and I think we have most of our gear squared away. If all goes well, we'll get the house under a lease or lease/purchase within 3-4 weeks. I'm sure there are a bunch of details I've still got to take care of; time to make the countdown list.
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