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We awoke in the offices of VMP BMX and rode towards Richmond at quite the leisurely pace. We took turns reading the historical markers along Route 1 in a kind of “round robin” fashion. As the first rider, I read the first 3-4 lines then the Beast picked up on the mid-section until she rode beyond it and then Frankenbutt read the last section aloud.
One of the most exciting things about riding into Richmond for Frankenbutt was the knowledge that there was going to be a Wawa soon. Being originally from South Jersey, we are used to having a Wawa convenience store about every mile throughout Jersey, PA and Delaware. When we moved away, losing Wawa was hard on Frankenbutt … and he complains about it with every lousy cup of coffee he gets at Kangaroo, Sheetz and even Dunkin Donuts.
It turns out that Richmond is one of the bike friendliest areas we’ve visited so far. Be sure to check out www.bikewalkvirginia.com for some great vacationing ideas!
At 5pm, we met up with Bud Higgins and the BMX riders from Richmond BMX. Together we all rode from Monroe Park to the Richmond BMX track with Director Art Luck. There were a few climbs and we were all impressed how the BMXers rode on single gear bikes, standing up the entire 3 miles through the town of Richmond during rush hour traffic. It was one of the most thrilling rides we’ve done to date.
We arrived at the track and the Beast decided she’d like to try knee/shin guards and shorts rather than her long racing pants. Marshall Higgins found her a set to try out and she proceeded to ride the track with the other riders. Soon, Marshall challenged her to jump some hills with her and Frankenbutt and I watched with amazement. It’s been a while since we’ve seen her jump with such enthusiasm and fun. She got some air and made a new friend, too. She enjoyed riding the Richmond track while I took pics of the local riders for our “Me ‘n My Bike Pics” page.
We awoke at 6 am and prepared to meet Bud Higgins in Monroe Park for the Mayor’s Bike to Work day … More about that later tonight (or tomorrow morning).
My apologies again for not getting my nightly blog posted until morning. By the time all of the day’s festivities end, I’m usually too tired to think let alone write a comprehensive blog.
A BIG thank you to everyone at VMP and Richmond BMX for making us feel so at home. Especially thank you to Bud Higgins who made great arrangements for us and included us in some terrific local bicycling activities!