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This morning, Frankenbutt and I woke up a beautifully decorated hotel room without our lovely Beast. Although we adore her and miss her when she is not with us, she was asked to spend the night with Tiffany’s daughter, Sadie, so that her parents could have some “alone time”. I love “alone time”; I miss “alone time”. Thank you, Tiffany and Russ and Riverside BMX!
We showered, dressed and had a leisurely breakfast downstairs in the hotel. Just as breakfast ended, the Beast texted to let us know she had a blast with Sadie and Sadie’s puppies. She enjoyed some hot tub time; she said it felt good on her tired muscles. Then, she said that Tiffany was bringing her to meet us at the hotel. We agreed to meet at the patron computer and printer in the lobby so that Tiffany could give us her wisdom on the best route from Cumberland, MD to the Johnstown, PA track.
We worked together and then printed out viable biking directions that started out on the Great Allegheny Passage, which connected from the C&O Canal in Cumberland. She wished us well and we thanked her for all her kindness and for giving the husband and me a little romantic time. The Beast and Sadie exchanged phone numbers so they could text; Tiffany and I exchanged hugs, hoping to see one another at South Park or the Grands, at the very least.
I returned to the room to post my blog while Frankenbutt and the Beast prepared to take the bikes down the elevator and out to the front of the hotel. Posting the blog took longer than I expected and I had to check out of the hotel and finish the last bit of it in the lobby. Once posted, I joined my family outside and we rode around the downtown area for a while, taking in the local flavor. We couldn’t leave town without another stop at Cumberland Trail Connection Bike Shop, where we filled tires with their courtesy air compressor and bought a few snack bars for the ride. Just before we hit the trail, we had some lunch and then followed the easy directional signs onto the Great Allegheny Passage trail.
Tomorrow, we plan to get an early start and conquer the remaining 9 miles of uphill climb to the Eastern Continental Divide, the highest point on the Great Allegheny Passage. Tiffany promised me that the trail levels out and even has a few downhill spots after that. We still have 61 miles to Johnstown from here but we feel confident we’ll make it to their Sunday, July 3rd afternoon race on time. (If you’re from Johnstown, please email me. We need to know if we can camp at your track overnight; if not, if there’s a nearby BMX family with whom we can camp in their yard for one night.)
Until tomorrow, we’ll enjoy what’s left of daylight and the beautiful views of the mountains all around us. Hi to Gmom, Uncle Jimmy, Cousin Kathi, Cousin Leslie, my brother Mike, Cori Oreo and all our friends in Jersey, Florida (especially Kelly D., Laura P., Michelle M. who make me laugh through the pain) and everywhere in between. Thanks for supporting us! Can’t wait to see you all again!