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We all agreed to pack up and ride down to the little overpriced bakery and see if they had coffee and something additional for breakfast. They did. We enjoyed blueberry and chocolate chunk muffins on their patio while Coco lied on the cool slate. When we checked our GPS and Google maps, we were all surprised to find that the distance to the New Paltz BMX track was only 16 miles. When we spoke with the owners of the bike shop yesterday, they suggested a route and it was basically the same route our GPS gave so we followed Route 209 North to Lucas Turnpike to 213 East and into the town of Rosendale.
Fyi, we had stopped to find the Beast a different pair of riding gloves since hers are falling apart. I’m disappointed at how much of a beating our gear has taken. Of course, we used a lot of our riding gear and clothing during our training period, but we’ve all found the amount of sun damage to be much more than we expected. Our clothes are faded and worn not to mention the stains from the repeated applications of sun block and bug spray. But … our gear is essential to keeping us comfortable and rolling. Soooo, the Beast has a new pair of gloves … and Frankenbutt recently replaced his gloves after losing one … we also replaced the Beast’s mirror … and the unexpected expenses mount.
We got back on our bikes and continued to ride in the 98 degree weather. Although the heat felt unbearable when we stood still, it was quite manageable as long as we were rolling. Unfortunately, if we slow to less than 5 mph, the bugs take that as a sign that we want to be swarmed and harassed. Don Wagner (NBL Race official) has promised to hook me up with better bug spray. YEAH!
We arrived at the New Paltz track mid-day and although I was sweaty, Barb Patterson greeted me with a big hug. We enjoyed some down time talking about BMX and all the changes ahead for our sport. The Wagners pulled in with the NBL trailer and we all caught up with one another over lunch , compliments of Jerry and Barb Patterson. When we arrived back at the track, we decided to get our tent up and our panniers in since the weather report forecast thunderstorms. No sooner had we finished than the rain started. We all retreated to the track office where the phone rang again and again with riders looking for an official word as to whether the scheduled race would be held tonight. The Beast helped with answering the phones and was quite professional. I almost didn’t recognize her “receptionist voice”. I like that she can put on different shoes and fill in where she’s needed.