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First “HI!” to Sue V., (who found us via someone’s facebook posting); she keeps the plumbing humming in Elmer! And, YES, Hara! Count us in on June 2nd!
As we pulled ourselves back together for the remaining 7-8 miles and brought our bikes down to the roadway, a red truck pulled up in front of us and asked if we were the Warrens. It’s always alarming when you’re in a town you’ve never been in and someone knows your name. The good news is that the driver was VMP track director Mike Edens who had tracked us on Google Latitudes right to the point we were standing. We enjoyed some road side conversation and then mounted our bikes and rode on to the track.
The Beast and the track director’s 12 year old daughter, Cyann, raced each other and became instant friends. While we all yucked it up, exchanged BMX stories and discussed the combining of the two sanctions, the girls found a quiet spot to talk, exchange cell numbers and giggle. Everything about VMP made us feel like it’s been our home track for years. Kudos to the team, who not only conceived and built the track in 9 months, but also keeps it a laid back atmosphere where everyone is welcome and you check your egos at the gate.
As it grew dark, a few had to leave and the rest of us moved into the registration building to talk until 11 pm! The conversation was so easy and so relaxing, it felt like we were at home in our own living room. We finally gave into our closing eyes and repeated yawns and slept in our sleeping bags and bedrolls on the floor. We fell asleep fast and slept like logs until first light. We got up 45 minutes later than usual when Coco licked Frankenbutt’s face to let him know she needed to take care of business. We all showered and dressed and I (belatedly again) got to typing the blog.
This evening, we’ll meet @ Monroe Park @ 5pm to ride together with the BMXers into the Richmond, VA track. Then we’ll spend the night in a (supposedly haunted) church in Richmond. I can’t wait!!