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After a warm night of tent sleeping, we all woke up a bit groggy but got in gear and broke down the tent and rolled up sleeping bags. We headed for the local McDonald’s to post our blog and grab a few $1 menu breakfast sandwiches. By 9am, we were on our bikes, following our GPS directions towards Toledo. We had received an email from a new friend, at the Shady Lane track, letting us know that the Monday evening practice at the Toledo track has been cancelled.
I had found a Comfort Inn just south of Toledo which only required 6000 choice privileges rewards in order to book it for free … we had 7,900+/- points. Around noon, we decided that we could make it the full 60+ miles to the Northwood, OH hotel.
The FLAT Ohio I had heard about was finally unfolding before me as we rode. I was a happy camper …er, rider. We passed a temperature reading early morning that said it was 78 degrees out. The next temperature reading was 86 degrees around 11am and I’m sure it rose a few more degrees as we rode. The good news is that we all stayed relatively cool enough as long as we kept moving.
We stopped for a drink along Route 20 West and as we were leaving, the Beast said, “my glasses just broke in two.” We looked back to see her holding equal halves in each hand. Oops! Luckily, we had gotten her a pair of prescription sunglasses before we left on the ride. She dug through her front bar bag, found them and we got on with the ride. Now, I’ve just got to contact Walmart Vision Center and see if they can be replaced … hopefully at no charge since they are less than 4 months old.
Further along our route, we came across a restaurant that Lenore from Shady Lane BMX had told us about; it’s called “Speed Trap” restaurant. They have a cool interior decorating theme which is part 50’s, part 60’s, part old Hollywood and just plain fun. We ordered ice cream cones to cool ourselves down and then we signed the wall with the Sharpie markers they provide.
The Beast enjoyed seeing all the cool 50’s style outfits and pictures; she especially liked the pink and black Audrey Hepburn theme bathroom. She also found an almost identical pair of red glitter “ala Dorothy” shoes that looked like the ones she wore everywhere when she was 4 or 5 years old. She was quite delighted!
We rode on in the hot sun until 6 in the evening when we finally arrived at the Comfort Inn. We were given a really spacious room that allowed us to park our bikes and still fully negotiate the room without having to “hop over” anything. Niiiiice! Tomorrow we start riding towards Michigan; looks like it’s only about 90 miles to the Waterford Oaks track.