The second box was from the NBL (National Bicycle League) and contained BMX bike racing brochures for us to distribute during our ride, “join the nation” t-shirts and NBL hats for all of us. There were also NBL bucks which we can use like cash to make purchases at BMX tracks along our route. Thanks Jess and Gary for your support of our ride! We hope it brings the NBL and its local tracks publicity that our sport of BMX so deserves. After riding into a headwind in oppressive heat for 5 hours, it was nice to have “presents”.
During our ride today, we met up with a few folks we had seen before: Tippy and Bud. Tippy is a ball of fun and asked me for a flyer so that she could keep up with our epic bike journey; Bud took one as well. A little further down the trail we passed Artie whom we met yesterday, too. We’ve met some truly interesting people while training for this ride and we’ll miss our 48 or so miles of marsh grass, herons, gators, turtles, squirrels, armadillos, Spanish moss and fellow cyclists. But, we’ll be back in the fall when it’s a little cooler and we’ll look forward to seeing all of the terrific people who we’ve exchanged stories with in the past months.
We also discovered something I hadn’t realized before today. We usually load our bar bags with high energy snacks and then pick up a light lunch in the middle of the day. Today we stopped at the Target near the end of the southern part of the trail. The Beast likes the Pizza Hut express lunch items but Frankenbutt and I were considering something “cooler” to eat. We found out that Target has a good selection of ready-made sandwiches including chicken salad on a croissant (Frankenbutt’s choice) and Turkey and Havarti cheese on wheat (my choice). They were both fresh and pretty affordable and “cold” instead of “hot”. We sat in the shade and ate sandwiches while Coco patiently waited for tidbits. All in all, the sandwiches fit within our lunch time choice parameters: fresh, healthy, refreshing and affordable.
With just a week and a day more until we leave for this epic bike journey, all three of us are getting impatient. The wait until our launch date feels like forever. I’m sure there will be a day when I think that getting to Louisville, KY feels like forever, too.