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We packed up all our stuff and rolled out of Toledo Speedway, heading towards Columbus around 10 in the morning. After riding for a while, I spotted a McDonald’s and yelled back that I needed to stop. McD’s offers free Wifi and my computer has recently made “tethering” a long and involved process; that started after a recent automatic update. So, posting the blog has become a lot easier with Wifi.
We pulled in, parked bikes along the wall and headed in for drinks and snacks, since we weren’t really ready for lunch. To my astonishment, there was a sign announcing 55 cent Big Macs from 11 am-2 pm. WHAT??? Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun for 55 cents??? I walked out and told Frankenbutt the scoop and we decided that I should post the blog, catch up on emails and then see if we were hungry then; 55 cent Big Macs do not come along every day! (Hmm, we might be FAT!) So, we did just that; around 1 pm, Frankenbutt ordered a bunch of Big Macs and we found out that the Beast still just prefers a plain cheeseburger. So, we paid more than double what we paid for the Big Mac and got the kid a plain cheeseburger. I think she might be better off with that any way.
As we were getting ready to leave, I received a message on Facebook from Willie at the Columbus, OH track telling me that although he had hoped to arrange a Friday night gate practice for our arrival, it just wasn’t going to happen. I appreciated the update and we thanked him for his efforts. Then, we consulted our Google maps and decided to re-route towards Dayton instead. There are 3 ABA tracks in the Dayton area and 1 NBL track. We stopped heading Southeast and instead headed Southwest.
Most of the day was spent riding through industrial areas, construction and a few neighborhoods that border those areas. We stumbled upon a local library holding a used book sale and stopped so the Beast could pick up a few more books. Late in the afternoon, we hit a stretch of Route 65 and enjoyed riding parallel to a river rimmed in beautiful old, stone homes. It was such a quiet, welcome break and we all pointed out houses that we liked.
We made it to the campground without incident and noticed a bike path just before the entrance to the campground. I think we’ll jump on that in the morning and see where that leads us. It appears to head south so we’ll let the GPS re-route us once it ends. We also met 2 cyclists who are pedaling to Burlington, VT from here. I told them, “heading to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, huh? Wished we had thought of that!!” They laughed nervously; their bodies didn’t look like the ice cream consuming type. Oh, well, just doing my part to “round out” the look of the average long distance bike rider.