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Well, the beautiful weather was short lived! We awoke Saturday morning to showers and cloudy skies. It was the first day of the national and BMX dads everywhere were checking their Doppler weather apps and weatherchannel.com to see how the day was going to unfold. It wasn’t a pretty picture and I didn’t envy the decision makers in the NBL trailer.
After a delay, track covering and uncovering, the racing got started. I wish I could say that I watched the whole race but I have to be honest. I awoke cold and feeling damp and all I really wanted to do was stay curled up in my down sleeping bag. With Frankenbutt’s blessing, I did just that and took a terrific nap without any legs lapped over me. Of course, Coco loves to snuggle and wasn’t too keen on the damp ground, so she joined me and we both slept for a few hours.
When we awoke, it started to rain again. The Beast asked me to go back into the tent, just in case I was the “rain maker”. Instead, I pulled my lightweight hoodie on and checked out the racing action. There were quite a few New Paltz staff working hard to keep the track in racing condition and the Concessions staff was working hard to keep the crowd fed. Every time I passed Concessions, the staff were smiling and polite and serving up really good comfort food that helped ease the gloom of the weather. Personally, I was impressed with the Macaroni and Cheese dish AND the baked Ziti and meatballs. It was a welcome change from the standard track food.
We all gave into the desire to sleep and found ourselves in our respective tents and campers by 10 pm. It was a much quieter night than Friday night, when around midnight, a few families arrived to set up camp across from us. Beyond the usual noise of doors slamming, tent assembling and the cursing that goes with it … there was one child, about 7 years old, whining over and over again “I just wanna die, I just wanna die, I just wanna die”. Considering not one adult told the child to be quiet or stuck the kid in the car so that the rest of us could sleep … I did the only thing that made sense at the moment. I hollered out, “will someone just kill that kid? Please??” (joking, of course) There was tons of laughter from our side of the camp and a brief silence from the other side of the camp … and then the noise resumed and the whining kid finally gave it up after another 5 or 10 minutes.
We returned the chairs that Amy G. so kindly lent us … CHAIRS! They are such a treat and one of the things we just can’t carry on the bikes. Thanks, Amy! We hugged our old friends good bye and excepted well wishes from the track staff. Although it was a cold and wet weekend, we were a bit sad to go. It’s obvious that the New Paltz crew love their track and their BMX families. Can’t wait to see all of you at the GRANDS!
PS - We hope the news article we interviewed for with the New Palt