I was very excited at the start of the day because I placed a phone call to Gary Aragon, the CEO of the NBL, hoping to explore what the NBL's role in our ride will be. I was mentally prepared and really psyched ... and I got voice mail. I left a message and consoled myself with knowing I had a meeting this evening @ 5pm with the Tampa track director to discuss what Tampa BMX's role in our ride was going to be. A few weeks ago, the track director offered to have ride jerseys custom made for us and wanted to discuss our April 20th launch from Tampa track.
At 4pm, we left the house and headed towards the track. Along the way, we discussed ideas that we could propose to the track director. We arrived early with time for a bathroom stop and to refill my water bottle. I went over my notes as we waited in the car, since the track was closed to the public on Mondays. When the clock turned 5:15, I sensed something was amiss. At that moment, I also realized that I didn't have the track director's personal phone #; I only had the track's phone number. I hade emailed him earlier in the day to confirm the apppointment and didn't hear back, so I figured all was well. I was wrong. Apparently, he was delayed during a flight and wouldn't be able to make the meeting.
I tried not to be disappointed, but Frankenbutt knows from years of watching me sell for our business, that I was really looking forward to brainstorming with our track director. As we were leaving the park where the Tampa track is, I asked Frankenbutt to stop at the guard booth. We inquired about camping and were surprised to hear that they do allow primitive camping and the cost is only $12/night. Since Tampa is the first track we'll stop at in our bike trip, I wanted to secure camping nearby that would allow us to stay and enjoy the launch party, even if it runs past sundown. Camping at the track means we won't have to leave the launch celebration early or risk riding our bikes after sundown.
Being as we were both cleaned up, we decided to run some local errands. We went into the Borders book store, which had huge "store closing" signs out front. Everything was at least 20% off and some items were 75% off! As we wandered about, I came upon a display for Borders' ebook reader, Kobo. It was originally priced at $130 and was on sale for $79. We had considered other "ereaders" for ease when RVing and home schooling. During our year long RV trip when the Beast was only 9, we found ourselves frequenting thrift stores and yard sales to keep up with her ravenous appetite for books. This ereader has 100 classic books already installed and offers the ability to buy additional books at a discount through a WIFI connection. Considering it's 8 oz. weight, and how much reading we'll get for the money spent, it seemed like a good idea. I'll let you know if we were right and if the Beast (a book snob) will adapt to reading "non-pulp" fiction.
We left there and stopped at the local Lowe's home supply store and picked up more paint to finish up the remaining trim and doors. We went over our list of remaining supplies to be bought (closet doors, etc) and decided that we'd better wait until we have our pickup truck with us instead of our Vdub.
We made a pitstop at the Target store and lucked out while looking at energy/sports bars. We've tried a few and found that all three of us genuinely like the Clif Bars. Target had a special which gave you a free bar from their Luna line (women's athlete specific), when you buy a Clif bar multi pack. You could also get a free Clif bar when you purchased their kids' bar line multi packs. So, we picked up some new flavors to try and scored some freebies ... that's always good.
We didn't accomplish what we set out to do today but we did enjoy our evening. Even though I didn't get a chance to speak with Gary Aragon or Art, our track director ... I did enjoy all the adrenaline I got from brainstorming a presentation. I hope to hear from Gary tomorrow and our meeting with Tampa track has been re-scheduled for this Wednesday. I've learned that "shifting gears" in all aspects of my life has proven to be the smoothest way to ride.
More later; until then feel free to weigh in with your thoughts about our ride and your own questions; good advice is always welcome, too!
Miles ridden so far: 0 (training miles don't count)