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We awoke Sunday morning at the Grands track! When I first awoke, it took me a minute to orient where I was and then I felt a smile creep across my lips, knowing that we had made it to the Grands track. I was the first awake, so I quietly pulled our electronics bag and headed to the public restroom. I had seen an outdoor outlet yesterday evening and hoped that it would work for re-charging cell phones, the GPS, computer, etc.
After I plugged in, I wrote our prior day’s blog while the sun starting casting beautiful golden light over the track. There were a few kids already on the track and it was cool to watch them ride when I paused to think about what to write. Occasionally, a BMXer would ride up to the rest room where I was sitting on a bench out front. One little guy, about 7 years old, was murmuring to himself something like “I’m the fastest. I’m gonna win.” I thought it was fascinating that he had a “mantra” at such a young age.
Once my blog was written and my cell phone re-charged, I turned my phone on to check email and messages that I missed. I was thrilled that we received a return call from one of the inquiries we made on the warmshowers.org website, an online cycling community who provides a place to stay for riders as they pass through town. Since the track will not open camping for the Grands until Wednesday, we needed an affordable place to stay from Sunday evening until Wednesday.
I called back Beth and talked about the possibility of us camping in their yard and discussed details like the fact that we have a dog and they have a cat, we have a well behaved 13 year old daughter, etc. She and Forrest were super nice and we decided that we’d give it a try. We entered their address into our GPS and planned to head that way once the racing was done at Derby City.
Forrest and Beth asked us to join them on an evening walk to see some of their neighborhood. They led us to an amazing skate park just blocks from their home. We watched as several kids and adults rode mostly skateboards and a few rode bikes into the features of the park. The Beast was amazed.
We also toured the area where the recent Iron Man competition was held and saw all the competitiors' bikes lined up along the waterfront. We then headed back and after some really relaxing and fun conversation, we took showers and called it a night. Beth and Forrest insisted that we stay in the house instead of our tent. I have to admit that the A/C and the extra space was sooooo nice! I know it’s not possible, but I really think our 7x7’ tent has shrunk over the last few months. We slept well, knowing that a good night's sleep will serve us well on Monday and Tuesday, when we plan to explore Louisville.