While waiting, Frankenbutt decided to set up our tent and teach the Beast how it all goes together. No sooner did they have it up than Coco was jumping up at the living room window trying to see what it was all about. We let her out the front door and she ran excitedly in and around it.
When the landscaper arrived, he offered to cut the grass today (it needed it) and to do the same monthly at a reasonable price. He did a great job, we paid him and set him up to take care of it for the next 5 months. With that taken care of, we finally got the bikes out and loaded. Coco could barely wait to get into her bike trailer; she’s such a bicycle lover! She’s going to have a blast on this trip!
No sooner did Carol and Joan head out on the trail than 3 fellows arrived and they were checking out Frankenbutt's trailer set up. Come to find out, Matt, is friends with Joe, whose daughter, Brooke, rides with the Beast at Tampa BMX. We talked bikes for awhile with Matt's dad, Artie and Matt's friend, Chris. Matthew had an awesome flat black Specialized bike, his dad, Artie, was on a Cannondale and Chris had a totally mismatched color crazy bike which was nice but not my cup of tea.
We parted ways and headed in opposite directions. We made our turn around at the half way point and headed for home, clocking 45 fully loaded miles in pretty bold heat. The Beast was a trooper and rode the whole way without complaint. Put simply, it was a good day: a hard ride, a relaxing shower, and a good dinner.