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This morning started with another rain delay for the Sunday National Race at Tanglewood BMX in Clemmons, NC. The track officials worked hard and got the track ready for the morning racing. In the meantime, I took my electronics bag into the NBL trailer and charged up our phones and GPS while I typed last evening’s blog.
We got lots of hugs goodbye from our BMX buds and we were all a bit reluctant to leave. Beyond the fact that we had to pedal about a mile through loose gravel and then another 3 miles to get out of the park … we just would rather have hung around with our friends. We got hugs from so many including the Pro Gate couple, Alex and Jackie. I have to tell you that the two of them always make me laugh! I also admire that Jackie will go through standby flights, multiple transfers, Amtrak rides and bus rides just to spend a day and a half with her 3 boys and husband, who travel the country bringing Pro Gate practice gates to the BMX tracks.
After a final pit stop at the Porta Pot, we mounted our bikes and plowed through the loose gravel with a plan of riding into Greensboro, NC on our way to Petersburg, VA. Only a short distance out of the park, we pulled into a shopping center when the Beast noted that she was having trouble getting her gears to shift. Frankenbutt figured that the weekend rain might have rusted up the gear cables and that they needed to “be worked” out. He worked for about 20 minutes on them and we got back on the road.
As we rode, the clouds seemed threatening and we knew there was possible an afternoon shower coming. After a few tough climbs, we reassessed where we planned to spend the night and shifted to Kernersville, NC. It was still along our path to Virginia, without a dip south to Greensboro, plus gave us a closer hotel choice. We pedaled on and made it to our hotel just before a major downpour. Luckily, our hotel has a Mexican Restaurant on site, Mi Pueblo, which made us some tasty burritos, tacos and enchiladas.
We are now showered and resting in our room, mentally gearing up for the 200 miles we need to ride from Monday through Wednesday.
FYI, on our way out of the track today, we saw George Ann, a BMX mom we’ve known for 8 years. She told us that her and her fiancé have started riding beach cruisers and are up to about 12 miles. Good to hear!