(Late addition: Our bikes would like to thank Joe Minichino and Ellie Kidd who ever so willingly agreed to bi
Art Heinrichs and his crew at Tampa BMX for embracing our dream and running with it. Art, you set a standard at our track (and in life) that brings us all up! We are better for knowing you.
Kirk at J&R Bicycles for reaching out to us and making our ride financially feasible and for keeping the Beast’s BMX bike in tip top condition.
Justin Travis at Ohio Dreams for being the first sponsor to sign on with us and for teaching us “foot down” so many years ago; to Chris and Val Ashcraft for making summer camp one of the Beast’s favorite experiences this past summer.
Mark at Riderz Ready Jerseys for the fabulous jerseys that make us feel professional and unified and strong
DJ of Smoothie King of Wesley Chapel, FL (and their corporate offices) for helping us reach our goals and making it delicious and nutritious all along the way
Comfort Inns and Suites for giving us something we all take for granted: a restful night
Jerry at BMXmania.com for helping me reconnect with the writer within and giving us a voice where BMXers converge
to Jeff at Schwalbe Tires for discounting our tire purchase
National Bicycle League for connecting us with track directors
Also, thanks …
to Chris at Santos Bike shop for discounting our parts and telling our story on santosbikeshop.com
to Amanda at Femmebmx.com for telling our story and showcasing the raw power and grace of women athletes
To Go2outfitters for discounts on our camping gear
to Ellie, our constant cheerleader since day 1, when Neva (the Beast) was only 4; for being a kindred spirit in Neva’s pursuits; AND NOW, FOR RIDING HER BIKE!!
to Sheena, for her unwavering support of everything in our lives and her daily quotes that put a bounce in our pedals
To Hara whose words made us laugh, cry and believe in ourselves
To Penny (“Pen-tertainment”) who has always made me laugh but also for being so supportive of our ride from the very start
to Cori, the Editor, for her many blog comments, edits and support of her crazy parents' dreams; we love you and can’t wait to wrap our arms around you; and go for a bike ride all together, too.
And to the following (by month) who helped us along the way:
Thanks to Sales Director Angie at Suburban Extended Stay Hotel in Louisville who gave us a discounted room, bottled water and snacks to welcome us to Louisville on our first night.
Thanks to Kathleen Foreman and Track Director Richie Jones at Derby City BMX for the free camping during the Marathon weekend and the Grands.
Thanks to Forrest and Beth of Louisville, KY, (whom we found through www.warmshowers.org) who put us up for 3 nights in their home, made us some terrific meals, guided us to some of Louisville’s coolest spots and shared some great cycling stories.
Thanks to Lenny Hicks for a fun, comfortable and affordable ride back to Jersey.
Thanks to Track Director Brad and his crew at Toledo Speedway BMX track for 2 free nights of camping inside their registration office, 2 dinners out and lots of good conversation. Also, thanks for the official Toledo Speedway BMX track shirt.
Thanks to Bob of Bob’s Bike shop in Ohio for the free spoke.
Thanks to Sally and Gene of Oakdale Campground who made our stay the best campground stay along our route! Thanks for the camp chairs, the trip to the Laundromat, the float for the Beast to play with, and most especially for 2 dry nights in the cabin at no additional charge.
Thanks to track director Mike Taylor and his crew at Cindy Verburg BMX in Dayton, OH (including Angie, Matt Verburg, Shawn and so many more) for an awesome motorcycle escorted BMX rider parade, a plaque commemorating our arrival, a fun evening bonfire, breakfast sandwiches, chew bones for Coco, late night pizzas and drinks, and an official Cindy Verburg BMX shirt. Thanks to Mike and Vikki Taylor of Dayton, OH who gave us a fantastic night time tour of their city.
Thanks to Jeff Hampton of the Life Enrichment Center for a tour of his Bicycle facility and a fresh outlook on how bikes change our daily lives. Also, thanks for letting Frankenbutt use tools to work on our bikes.
Thanks to Five Rivers Metroparks officers who helped us plan a terrific bike route out of Dayton towards Cleves, OH.
Thanks to Jamie Bullens of Dayton Police Athletic League for providing us his own camper for us to use, for helping repair our bikes and for helping to coordinate the media for our arrival. Thanks to both Jamie and his wife, Linda, for a wonderfully relaxing day and delicious dinner at their home (and for letting us do laundry!).
Thanks to track Director John Peters and his family for free camping and for a wonderful breakfast before we left the Cleves, OH track.
Thanks to track Director Shane Kaysher of Columbus, IN BMX track for a free practice night and free track side camping.
Thanks to Tiffany and Russ Keller of Riverside BMX in Cumberland, MD for a pre-paid hotel room and for keeping the Beast overnight at their home, so we could have a romantic evening, YES!
Thanks to Hutch of the Cumberland Trail Connection Bike Shop for the discounts on much needed replacement bike parts.
Thanks to Mary Beth Pirolozzi of Cumberland, MD for coming out and supporting BMX and our ride into Riverside BMX and for her continued words of support.
Thanks to Kristie Yutzy of Riverside BMX who took and emailed lots of pics so that we could spend more time relaxing and socializing.
Thanks to Jim Chilcot and his crew at Johnstown BMX for a pre-paid hotel room, concessions and a fun time announcing their Sunday race. Also thanks for letting Coco race the Beast on the track.
Thanks to Jeff at Johnstown BMX for arranging the 50/50 wins to go to us; and thanks to Hunter Stiffler who won the 50/50 but decided to donate his half of the winnings to us, too. It was a humbling experience.
Thanks to George at Johnstown BMX who gave us money to help with our road expenses. It truly helped us keep up with the budget demands of this long ride.
Thanks to Bob Tedesco who took the Beast on a drag race thrill ride and hosted us for an afternoon of BMX talk.
Thanks to Mike, a cycling enthusiast, who gave us energy bars after watching us climb a particularly tough hill in Pennsylvania on our way to Westmoreland.
Thanks to track director Steve Barnes and his crew at Westmoreland BMX for a fun evening of riding, the clinic, and for driving our bikes and us to a pre-paid hotel room for the night. Also thanks for the Westmoreland track t-shirts.
Thanks to Michele of Westmoreland who gave Frankenbutt a REAL coffee cup and a delightful smooch!
Thanks to George and Dee Brain and their crew at South Park BMX for the free camping, food and the cool tent side shower they provided us. Thanks also for all the fire side conversation, cold beers and laughs.
Thanks to Bob J. whom we met in South Park; he gave us some much needed road cash to help us continue on our way.
Thanks to Mike Edens and the Virginia track riders who took the Beast out to dinner while we were at South Park and let her spend some time with her new pal, Cyann.
Thanks to Steve (of Westmoreland BMX) who coordinated our trip to the Duquesne and to Mark (of the Pittsburgh Duquesne Incline) who gave us an amazing behind the scenes tour of the historical landmark.
Thanks to Phil and Sheena who picked up us and our bikes in Pittsburgh, PA and spent 4 delightful days relaxing with us in Seven Springs, PA.
Thanks to Rick of E. Liverpool, OH for giving us a free night of camping in his yard, hot water bottles for washing up and for helping our budget.
Thanks to Evelyn of East Canton, OH for her words of confidence and for “buying us breakfast”.
Thanks to Justin Travis, Chris & Val Ashcraft of Ohio Dreams for inviting us to pool time, an amazing slip n slide experience and a free night of dorm life.
Thanks to Rick and his crew at Shady Lane BMX in Norwalk, OH for the free camping and food during their local race.
Thanks to Detroit natives Jason and Zack who offered us a safer alternative route to ride into Waterford, MI.
Thanks to Jennifer West and her crew at Waterford Oaks, MI BMX track (including the Parents Association) for the free camping, free concessions, spaghetti dinner, showers and free waterpark passes. Thanks also to Jennifer for coordinating a BMX escorted parade ride in to the track.
Thanks to Allison who made us a fresh salad, which I’d been craving, to go with our spaghetti dinner. Also, thanks for the souvenir cup cozy!
Thanks to Dawn at the Waterford track who gave me a new (larger) bath towel.
Thanks to Oakland County Parks who gave us a special plaque to commemorate our ride into the Waterford area.
Thanks to Kirk Morrison and his guys at J&R Bicycles for a fun upside down taco dinner while in Waterford, MI.
Thanks to Chad of Powers Bike shop for giving us an eventful ride to the Walmart to replace the Beast’s eyeglass frames.
Thanks to Gmom and Pop Pop for putting us up while we were in South Jersey, wonderful meals and for car sitting for us.
Thanks to Hara, Dustin and Rivii for inviting us to their home and making a wonderful dinner for us while we stayed in South Jersey.
Thanks to Penny “Pen-tertainment” Shipman for inviting the Beast for some sleep over and swimming fun with her daughters while we stayed in South Jersey, following the Pottstown, PA Memorial Classic race.
Thanks to our daughter, Cori, who met us in Pottstown, PA and drove us to NJ to see my mom, Gmom and friends.
Thanks to Cathy and Glen Knapper of Trilogy Park who gave us a free night’s hotel stay and a cake to celebrate our ride forward out of Pottstown.
Thanks to Barb and Jerry Patterson and their crew at New Paltz, NY track for the free camping and for feeding our family through the weekend.
Thanks to Amy G., of the New Paltz track, who gave us camp chairs to use at the Empire National race and also coordinated the media for our arrival.
Thanks to Terri, of the New Paltz Track, who made the Beast a huge, cool birthday cake in celebration of her 13th birthday.
Thanks to school principal, Lisa, of the New Paltz track, for giving the Beast a cool necklace and remembering her birthday.
Thanks to Andrei, whom we met at Spokes Bicycle shop in Shoemakersville, PA for lending us his map and giving us a good bike route to our campground in Shartlesville, PA.
Thanks to John Luxx of DeLuxx Bikes in Lebanon, PA who gave us free shifter cable replacements and t-shirts when we stopped at his store.
Thanks to Jen, Drake, Brittney and Josette for making the Beast’s stay at Thousand Trails’ Hershey Campground especially nice; for taking her to lunch and for giving us fresh herbs for our road camping meals.
Thanks to Cathy Knapper for coordinating a “BMX day at Hershey Park” for us and other Trilogy Park riders complete with discounted tickets.
Thanks to Sherman Lynn and the crew at Hagerstown BMX for the free camping and lunch during their Maryland State qualifier. Also thanks to Diane for the hot pancake breakfast, hot coffee, the track t-shirts and the personal insect repellant device.
Thanks to Rick, Lynn and Eleni Hanson who met us in Winchester, VA for a fun and relaxing evening with friends mid-ride.
Thanks to Ben Cary and his crew at Winchester BMX who gave us a hotel room while in town, coordinated the media coverage for our arrival and gave us dinner during the local race we attended. Also thanks for the official Winchester BMX back pack.
Thanks to Track Director Jason Jones of Palm Bay BMX who took us to dinner at Texas Roadhouse and candidly discussed the state of NBL BMX with us.
Thanks to Track Director Donnell Wright and President Michelle Messing of Jacksonville BMX for 3 days of being spoiled! They put us up in a magnificent suite (with private bedroom) at the Staybridge Suites (via “Visit Jacksonville) and arranged an exciting agenda for us during our stay in Jax. In addition, they gave us a gift bag with all kinds of goodies including Cracker Barrel gift cards, Foot Locker gift cards and official Jacksonville BMX t-shirts. Michelle also brought some of our favorite beverages to our suite.
Thanks to Champion Cycling in Jacksonville, FL for servicing our bikes, compliments of Jax BMX.
Thanks to Tori who gave the Beast a private surfing lesson via an arrangement made by Michelle Messing of Jax BMX.
Thank you to Steve and Elise of Stuntlife Inc. who gave us 3 Hydro Flasks: the most effective water bottles we’ve ever used; ice cubes will last up to 12 hrs in the double wall aluminum design. Niiiiiice!
Thanks to Catherine with Cycle Gear who gave the Beast and us a few pairs of protective eye goggles and some cool Fox t-shirts.
Thanks to track director Mitch Moon and his crew at Augusta BMX track who arranged a police escorted BMX parade ride in, a family party night at the track … with only 3 days’ notice that we were coming. PLUS, they arranged for TV news coverage of our arrival.
Thanks to Michelle Messing of Jacksonville BMX who tracked us online and let us know that we should consider a stop at the Augusta BMX track; it was one of our most memorable track stops!
Thanks to Brett of Out Spokin’ Bike Shop in Augusta, GA for the replacement tire tubes and for opening early so that we could purchase some much needed gloves, and replacement parts.
Thanks to the Lexington, SC track who fed us and transported our bikes and us to our hotel room when darkness caught us.
Thanks to the Clemmons, NC Tanglewood BMX track for free camping and concessions during the Dixieland National event.
Thanks to Donnell Wright of Jacksonville BMX for a fun evening out and yummy dinner together with his and Paul’s family at the Clemmons, NC Ruby Tuesday.
Thanks to track director Mike Edens and his crew at VMP BMX in Petersburg, VA who welcomed us, fed us and allowed us to camp overnight in their registration office. VMP also gave us a cool BMXer ride in, a fun night of racing, and a crazy opportunity to announce the race.
Thanks to Christina Lemon who came prepared and cut our hair under the big blue skies of VMP. What a fabulous experience!
Thanks to Brad, a random fan, who bought Frankenbutt his first Wawa cup of coffee in Richmond, VA.
Thanks to Art Luck and his riders at Richmond BMX track for a thrilling ride in parade from Monroe Park to the track during evening rush hour.
Thanks to Bud Higgins who lobbied for us to stop at VMP BMX track in Petersburg, VA; he also arranged many of the details for our stay in the Richmond, VA area. He and his sons, Cameron and Marshall, also took us out for an incredible meal at Kuba Kuba, compliments of the Richmond BMX track.
Thanks to the mayor of Richmond who welcomed us to the “Bike to Work Day” trip through the center of town and to the Virginia cycling clubs who joined us on the ride and later bought us breakfast at Perly’s in Richmond.
Thanks to St. John’s Church in Richmond, VA who gave us an amazing church sleep over via their parishioner and our friend, Bud Higgins.
Thanks to Cathy and Glen Knapper of Trilogy Park, Pottstown, PA who made our stay in Pottstown enjoyable, exciting and relaxing.
Thanks to the Pottstown Borough Council and the Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department for arranging an escorted parade BMX bike ride in from Pottstown Memorial Hospital to the track.
Thank you to Rita’s Water Ice of Pottstown, PA who donated a refreshing end to our ride in parade.
Thanks to Elise of Morgantown, PA area who gave us dark chocolate bars as we rode into Pottstown, PA.
Thanks to Jack Bontorno for the belated birthday cake we all enjoyed at the Memorial Classic race.
Thanks to the Pottstown Parks and Recreation for presenting us with 3 dining gift certificates for downtown Pottstown restaurants.
Thanks to the management of VIP Diner in Pottstown, PA for a wonderful lunch.
Thanks to the management of the Brick House restaurant in Pottstown, PA for an incredible dinner and dining experience.
Thanks to the management of Juan Carlos restaurant on High Street in Pottstown, PA for a wonderful dinner and thanks to Rich Farside and his family for puppy sitting so that we could go out together as a family.
Thanks to Maribeth of Virginia Beach BMX Designs for the wonderful chain link bracelets she made for the Beast and the Editor.
Thanks to John DiRenzo of Tri County Bikes in Pottstown, PA who serviced our road bikes via an arrangement made by Trilogy Park.
Thanks to my Gmom who put us up, fed us and let us do laundry following our week in Pottstown, PA.
Thanks also to my mom who put us up, fed us and made us laugh for the rest of the wonderfully relaxing week following the Memorial Classic in Pottstown, PA.
Thanks to Ellie who put us back in touch with our roots via a trip to our first (and now closed) track in Mullica Hill, NJ.
Thank you to Kathy Bostrum of Sarasota BMX who arranged for free camping at the Easter Classic race.
Thank you to Joe, Renee and Brooke Minichino who brought us tea and coffee and took the Beast for a fun evening of swimming at their hotel, during our stay at the Sarasota track.
Thank you to John Hundley of Hundley Farms in Central Florida. He gave us much needed water as we rode between Port Charlotte BMX and Okeeheelee BMX. John also emailed us regularly check if we were staying hydrated
Thank you to Amanda Carr and her crew at Charlotte BMX who provided us free camping and stayed open to cook us dinner even though weather forced the track to close for the evening.
Thank you to Track Director, TC and his crew at Okeeheelee BMX in West Palm Beach, FL, including Mitch, Marilyn, Michelle and all their volunteers. They provided us with free camping, concessions and lots of good laughs and memories.
My apologies if we have forgotten any one’s name or help you’ve given in our pursuit of this dream. You’re all a part of this and we truly hope we made you proud. Now, GO OUT AND RIDE YOUR BIKE!