The Beast also met up with an old friend, Christian, and they had lunch at the mall and later went to Barnes and Noble together. Christian’s mom, Maria, was their escort since doggies (except seeing eye dogs) just aren’t welcome at the mall or book store, no matter how good they are. FYI, the home improvement stores and sporting goods stores never hassle me when I bring Coco in; some of them even have dog treats on hand. Sweet! I also picked up my new disposable contact lenses in a quantity to last through the entire ride ahead. During my initial exam, I found out my eye Dr. was also a cyclist and rides the Suncoast Trail, too. Sure enough, I saw him on the trail just a few days ago. Ride on, Dr. Middaugh!
Today gave us beautiful weather and we hustled to get some house projects done so we could get out on the trail in early afternoon. I did laundry while Frankenbutt and the Beast handled a yard project. In addition to house stuff, I sorted through items we’ve been putting aside for ebay. I photographed most of them and began writing up listings. I suppose I’ll have them posted some time on Monday. If you’re an ebayer, feel free to check out my stuff. My username is “eventfultw” and my profile picture is one of the few pics of myself I really like. Frankenbutt took a photo of me with a monkey on my shoulder when we visited Roatan, Honduras a few years back. I was truly charmed by the little monkey and I think it comes through in the picture.
Finally, we got the bikes out and helmets on and set out for a ride. I felt sluggish and fatigued right away and only had brief stints of bicycle happiness. That’s a rare occurrence for me but is to be expected now and again, especially once we start putting in consecutive high mileage days. The Beast was feeling pretty good and in fact, took the time to smell the flowers along our route. We made a pit stop at the Target store, just off the trail, in Brooksville. We checked out their bike department … nothing new. We checked out their camping department … nothing we needed. We stopped in the pharmacy area and found the new Clif mini bars on sale and those we need. Frankenbutt also found k-cups for his Keurig machine with my new favorite black tea/lemonade combo. It’s so tasty that I don’t add any sugar, any lemon, anything at all to it. I know Frankenbutt is going to miss that appliance the most! (and maybe I will, too.)
We ended our evening with an hour long phone call with our daughter in Hawaii. She’s had the Peace Corps on her mind lately and wanted to know our opinion of it. We exchanged ideas and encouraged her to find out more. I really like that she is exploring as many options as she can and I look forward to seeing what she chooses for herself as the next year unfolds. I’ll keep you posted.
Frankenbutt also spent some time exploring all the options on our bicycle GPS and my new phone. We are trying to find a way to either post our bike travels automatically on our website or invite people to follow us via a GPS tracking website. I’m confident he’ll have a plan soon and again, I’ll keep you posted.
My apologies for not having yesterday’s blog posted til this morning; had some technical difficulties. Also “Hi!” to Aunt Janice in Norway, who’s been following our website. She reminded us that as sunny as it is here, it’s cold and rainy there. Maybe we’ll move “riding through Norway” a little further down on our bucket list! Also, “Hi!” to Debby S. who sent us a wonderful comment and let us know that her BMX family is following our blog, too.
And to Joe from Tampa track, I’m still waiting for that bike pic! And I’m hoping you can email me info about that super hilly bike route north of us so we can get a run in before we take off for the ride. Congrats to Joe’s daughter, Brooke, who raced well this past weekend. Congrats to Sydney in South Jersey who took 1st in her main this weekend at the Battlefield National. GIRL POWER!!!