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Sorry for the late posting of this blog; I usually get my blog posted around 10 or 11pm before going to sleep … but we had some extenuating circumstances. We arrived at Clemmons track about 6pm Friday evening just before it started raining. Frankenbutt got the tent set up in record time, we threw our pannier bags in and headed to concessions for food. The track staff gave us burgers, hot dogs, pizza and drinks and we dashed for cover in J&R Bicycles big red and white tent. We devoured the food in no time and waited another 45 minutes until the rain let up. I was in my sleeping bag and “out” by 8:30pm! Hence, the next day blog posting. So, here’s how our day went …
We awoke in Charlotte, NC to overcast skies which concerned us but at the same time, delighted us, since it meant it would be cooler out. We started our day with our standard routine: running bicycle travel directions on both our Garmin GPS and on Google Bicycling via my Blackberry. Again, Google won out with an average savings of 50 miles for the day’s ride. Since there were quite a few turns, we opted to print them out on the hotel lobby’s computer.
Franknebutt slipped the directions into the clear, plastic sleeve atop his bar bag and we pedaled out of Charlotte. We had some fabulous winding downhill runs followed by a few tough uphill runs. We had the occasional mist of rain, which kept us cool but didn’t interfere with our riding.
This morning’s race was delayed because although the track was tarped, some rain blew under and left the track in need of morning maintenance. More about the racing late tonight or tomorrow morning.
FYI, we head for Virginia this Sunday where we plan to visit VMP BMX in Petersburg and Richmond BMX. Bud Higgins of Virginia also planned some cool stuff for us to do, which we’ll share with you as they develop.
For now, we're just happy to have made it through what we thought was the toughest leg of our journey. But I've learned not to underestimate anything that's ahead of us: the toughest leg may well be ahead of us.