We hadn’t received our order of Schwalbe tires so I sent off an email to my buddy, Jeff Clarkson, and received a reply complete with shipping tracking info and a note that they should be here by this Tuesday. We hadn’t received the last pannier rack for the front of my bike so Frankenbutt contacted the bike shop and was told it, too, should be here by Tuesday.
But the best phone call I had today was with the Tampa BMX Director, Art Heinrichs. He has been instrumental in securing most of the sponsor support we have gotten. Today he spoke with J&R Bicycles and shared with us a terrific arrangement they made for sponsoring us. It’s more than we expected and is structured to give us plenty of incentive to keep on riding!
I also had another phone call today which delighted the Beast. Her friend Jacob’s mom called and confirmed that Jacob could spend Saturday with us at a Tampa waterpark. The Beast and Jacob met some time ago at Tampa BMX and became instant friends. Knowing she’ll miss hanging out with him, we arranged a special day together for them. Maybe I’ll get pics of the their day together and post them on tomorrow’s blog.
Speaking of riding, all of these phone calls were done during our 55 mile ride today. During our breaks, we checked emails, returned calls and wondered about the experience ahead of us. So often people tell the Beast that she’s in for the trip of a lifetime and she’s yet to understand why. We used to try and explain it to her; now we just smile, knowing that this ride will be full of challenges that make you know yourself better than you ever have. We both think it’s a really good foundation to give her as she heads into her teen years.
We chose to head north on the Suncoast Trail (the hilly end) and today we went past the end of the trail and rode route 98 into Crystal River. We stopped at Subway for lunch and I noticed they had a $3.99 lunch deal including a 6” tuna sub, a bag of chips and a medium drink. At first, Frankenbutt thought that just wouldn’t fill him up; that he’d need a foot long sandwich. He agreed to get the 6” any way.
What we’ve both found since we started riding is that our style of eating has changed. We now prefer smaller meals and healthy snacks between meals. The 6” sandwich turned out to be quite enough to fill him and me. Remember, Frankenbutt and I both usually have large appetites … we didn’t get to the size we are through portion controlled meals. So, we’re liking this new eating lifestyle: an unexpected gift from the bike ride training.
During today’s ride, Frankenbutt hit a goal he has wanted to accomplish since we started riding the hillier end of the trail. He hit 35 miles per hour! I know there are road riders who can hit that speed and better on lightweight bikes specially made bikes for speed. But he hit that speed on a heavy older touring bike! Kudos to you, baby! Meanwhile, the Beast hit 30 mph! Way to go! I don’t know what my top speed was because I forgot to charge my GPS device which also tracks my speed. FYI, my long distance riding friend, Jason, had warned me about relying on electronics when riding, especially for directions. He recommended back up paper travel plans and I’m embracing that idea.
Before I wrap this blog up for the night, I want to thank everyone who visited www.tampabmx.com. During my phone call with the track director, he noted that the total # of visitors was higher than expected this early in the new month. We really appreciate the extra time and effort all of our readers have put forth to help Tampa BMX and our Ride the Nation team.