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We rode back to Route 1 and started North into a pretty strong, but cool, morning headwind. We all found ourselves struggling to stay above 8 mph. At that point, I realized that no matter how tired my muscles were from the prior day’s 98 mile ride, we had done the right thing by pedaling on and making the most of a tail wind. It took us twice as long to ride the 38 miles into Jax that it took to ride our first 40 miles of the day before.
During one of my phone calls from Michelle (of Jax BMX), she said she was moving us to a different hotel because she forgot that we had Coco. I got the new address into the GPS and told her we’d arrive a little later because we needed to stop and do laundry. She said, don’t stop; there’s free washers and dryers at the hotel. It was obvious to me that she was really working hard to make our stay in Jacksonville perfect.
After the phone call, we stopped at a local convenience store for a break and some Gatorade. While we rested, I noticed a man sitting on the curb who looked weary. I was drawn to him and asked how he was doing. He, Davin, said he was ok and asked about our ride. I told him about our adventure and he told me how he’s just trying to find his way right now. He’s originally from Louisiana and left after his wife died. It was just too hard to stay where they had lived together for many years; too hard to see reminders of her everywhere. He wasn’t sure where he was going or what he was going to do but he just needed to go. He had tears in his eyes and I soon found myself welling up. I’ve been so fortunate to have found the love of my life and cannot imagine living life without him. I suppose we all take journeys in life, some for moving forward and some for just leaving the past behind. Davin, we’ll be thinking about you. We hope you find peace soon.
Around 5 in the evening, Michelle stopped in and brought treats for all of us! She gave the Beast a gift bag with 2 very cool shirts from one of the track’s local sponsors, Cycle Gear. She also gave Coco some rawhide bones and made Coco’s day! For us she brought Cranberry juice and some healthy flavored additives to mix in it for a relaxing evening. We toasted our arrival to Jacksonville and then we all headed down to the free evening dinner the hotel provides. There were burgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, chips and free beer and wine. It was absolutely delightful! You know, arriving in Jax made me feel like I was Dorothy arriving at the Emerald City. I can't wait to dye my eyes the color to match my riding jersey, tee hee!
Following dinner, we returned to the pool where Michelle and the Beast wrestled in the hot tub. The hot tub won and the Beast came out with a little lump on the back of her head. She was a pretty good sport about it and choked back tears while Michelle hugged her and apologized. The Beast assured her it wasn’t her fault; they were both just having monkeying around. The Beast retreated to the room to read after a while and we adults enjoyed catching up on BMX talk.
I found myself yawning and realized that my body is now used to being asleep by 10pm and awake by 6 am. We thanked Michelle for spoiling us and made our plans to reconnect on Thursday for more of the cool activities Michelle lined up for us. We’ll start our day by turning our bikes over to a local bike shop that the Jax team has arranged to service them for us at no charge. We think that’s awesome!
I’ll fill you in later on all of Thursday’s activities. Sorry for not getting this blog up ‘til morning. I attempted to do my standard pre-bedtime posting and fell asleep with laptop in hand. Frankenbutt put the laptop aside, tucked me in and let me sleep.