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We got a relatively early start, packed down camp quickly and got out on the road, knowing that we had a full day of riding ahead of us. The weather was warm but not unbearable and we pedaled south with the morning traffic. I was excited to be heading towards our first ABA track stop … AND the 23rd BMX track stop on this trip.
After dealing with some morning rush hour traffic, our GPS routed us to a nice rural area where we rode some poorly maintained back roads past corn fields and quiet neighborhoods. It was quite peaceful and I found my mind sorting through all kinds of things. It was quite relaxing and I didn’t have to think about pedaling. I’m truly enjoying FLAT Michigan and Ohio.
With less than 20 miles to go @ 2pm, we stopped at a McDonald’s so that I could use their wifi to post my blog. The Beast and I enjoyed some A/C while Coco and Frankenbutt sat outside. When we are riding, we rarely get to eat together at a table in a restaurant. Typically, one or two of us stay outside with Coco and then one goes inside. Sometimes, we get lucky and find a restaurant with outdoor tables and chairs, in the shade … that’s Niiiice!
We pulled into the Toledo Speedway BMX track a little after 5pm and were surprised not to see more cars. Apparently, a flash storm came shortly before our arrival and dumped a substantial amount of rain on the track. They cancelled practice but track director, Brad, and a few more family members hung around for our arrival. We joined them on the bleachers and immediately felt at home as we talked about family, BMX, our trip and much more.
After his sons left with their new bike, Brad invited us to join his family for a bite to eat at the local Bob Evans restaurant. It’s been a long time since we went out to dinner as a family so we put Coco and her food and water in the registration office with the windows open and a fan on, and then jumped into their cars and headed to dinner. We realized that all of us at the table are “eaters”. We all debated what to order and I was cracked up that Brad ordered 2 breakfasts. So often I am undecided about what to order and have been tempted to do just that. I had a really good chicken/broccoli alfredo dish followed by peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!
We lingered at the table long after dinner telling stories and laughing and getting to know one another. It was so relaxing. Frankenbutt, the Beast and I sat next to each other INSIDE a restaurant and enjoyed hot meals with forks, knives and napkins … it was such a treat!
With bellies full and happy, we went back to the track and Brad showed us where the lights were, invited us to help ourselves to drinks and snacks and told us we could sleep in the carpeted office if we’d like. We pulled our air mattresses and sleeping bags and arranged them on the floor and did just that. We slept really well, too. The fan blew cool air across us and I didn’t wake until 7 am. I stepped out the door to go to the bathroom and couldn’t even convince Coco to get up yet. She squeezed her eyes shut when I called her name more than a few times quietly. I let her sleep … she, too, needs her beauty sleep.