We paused to talk to some road cyclists who were discussing the cost of their bikes, and I overheard “I’m all in it for 37”, meaning his bicycle totally outfitted was $3700. I must admit, it was a staggering thought that he had a bike that cost $1200 more than I paid for my Vdub. I wanted to mention that I was “all in for 250” on my bike, including the $12 original purchase price, but I didn’t.
When one of the other riders asked how far he would ride it in an upcoming triathlon, he said he was considering a 10 mile ride and a 13 mile ride. I couldn’t wait any longer. I blurted out that we would be riding 3,000 miles. They turned to see a 200+ lb. woman in blue jean capris and an older stained t-shirt standing next to a 1990’s L.L. Bean mountain bike turned touring bike, complete with wire basket on front. It was kind of fun to watch the wheels turn in their heads and the confusion register in their faces. Finally, one of them spoke. He said, “you’re not going to ride 3,000 miles on that, are you?” I nodded and told them that all three of us were going to ride that far on the bikes before them. I told them about our website and invited them to take a look at it. One said he would but they didn’t show much interest. As a cyclist, I find most riders’ adventures and stories interesting. I am increasingly finding that the road cyclists with the higher end equipment, aren’t too interested in our adventure, let alone our equipment.
As we headed back onto the trail for our return ride, we were passed by a road cyclist with a beautiful bike and greeted her with my standard “good morning”. She ignored us and rode on. Then a switch flipped in Frankenbutt’s furnace and suddenly he sprinted ahead and surged past that cyclist, making her appear to be stalled. It was a fun moment for the Beast and me, too, to see the Dad blow the pedals off a $2500 specialty bike on his $40 used 1990’s Giant Iguana mountain bike. It made our day!! The Beast offered this assessment: “We are wearing cotton and we’re beating people in spandex.”
After we dropped Jake at his home, we made a pit stop at Petco and had a custom dog tag made for Coco. Although she is “micro-chipped” and has a tag with her ID# on it, we felt the need to add another tag with our mobile phone # on it, just in case she should get separated from us during the epic bike ride ahead.
We arrived home and finally took some time to sort through a mound of mail we picked up from our P.O. Box in Ocala a few days ago. Since we’ve eliminated all but 3 monthly bills, most of it was sales flyers and store circulars. In the middle of it all was a belated Christmas present!
In a padded envelope was the first CD release by Eleni, our friends Rick and Lynn’s 11 year old daughter. She loves singing country music and certainly appears to have a future in it. She is poised, confident and connects with themes in the music that are beyond her years. We can’t wait to see what’s ahead for her! If you’d like to check it out, too, visit www.elenimusic.com and click on the “videos” tab to see this talented young lady doing what most adult women would find intimidating, at best.
With only 2 full days before we put rubber to the road, we will be focusing on finalizing our packing. I chuckled to myself earlier thinking that the “princess to be” Kate Middleton and I are both packing clothes in anticipation of a long vacation. I bet my wardrobe has a higher percentage of spandex!
I won’t list all the boring details of the last minute tasks we have to take care of over the next 2 days. I will say this: we were recently contacted by a local newspaper and we hope to be giving an interview in the next day or two. After sending numerous press releases, I decided to pick up newspapers and call reporters who had written local interest articles. Within a few hours of having spoken to a real person, I received a call requesting more information. It’s been our goal since day one to promote our beloved sport of BMX and we truly believe our epic bike ride lends that opportunity to all the tracks we’ll be visiting during the ride. If it comes to fruition, I’ll fill you in.
Until then, feel free to forward our website address to contacts in your email address book. We believe our “underdog” story of a ride would be interesting to folks from all walks of life.
Also, follow us on www.twitter.com , search “ridethenation” and join the free community in which we will be “tweeting” daily mid-day updates of our ride progress.