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Knowing that there were 2 races (afternoon and evening) on Saturday at the Derby City track, we leisurely slept in on the REAL BEDS at Suburban Extended Stay Hotel in Louisville. We all had a good night of sleep and we stayed in the hotel room until the last possible moment of check out at 12 noon. While I showered, shaved legs and pits, and dressed, I heard tons of laughter from the Beast and Frankenbutt. Evidently, they were enjoying watching the crazy weather guys standing outside in the hurricane, saying that no one should be outside in the storm. Apparently, they were instructed to make it look as dramatic as possible and they were definitely doing that. I’ve always found it funny myself that people tell you not to do exactly what they are doing.
Once we packed our panniers and loaded our bikes, we pedaled out of the hotel and rode to another Smoothie King for some morning yummy goodness! I got the 300 calorie Orange/Vanilla with protein smoothie; the Beast and Frankenbutt each got Angel Food with Lemon smoothies. Our Smoothie King sponsorship has truly made a nice difference in our journey. The smoothies are a cold, tasty treat that have nutritional value, too … Niiiiiiice!
After Smoothie King, we set our GPS to a local bike shop. We picked up a replacement tube for the Beast’s race bike. She had some “skidding” fun at the Columbus, Indiana track and we discovered that the tire went flat the following morning. While at the bike shop, a fellow, named Jeff, inquired about our ride. He’s an avid Tennis player and cross trains on the bike. We shared our story and he marveled at our accomplishment. I was so proud of all of us at that moment, realizing again that we actually did what we set out to do; what sounded so impossible to so many.
Once my head went down to its usual size, I reminded Frankenbutt and the Beast that we should get started in the direction of the track. They agreed and we mounted bicycles. We only rode a short distance when the Beast spotted a craft supply store and asked if we could stop. She had bought yarn a few days ago but couldn’t find the crochet hook she had packed. She ran into the Ben Franklin Crafts Supply while I ran into the dollar store to pick up a new pair of tweezers (lost en route) and some more “doggy doo” bags for Coco. We both returned to the bikes about the same time and then rode to the E.P. Tom Sawyer Park.
We all got excited as we got closer and saw cars in the parking lot, BMXers and bikes everywhere. We rode in and parked our bikes along the fence. A few people stared, unsure of who we were and what we were about. Of course, an upside down BMX race bike on Coco’s trailer indicated that we are indeed BMXers. Within a few moments of removing our helmets, friends from the Ohio tracks made their way over and congratulated us on making it to Louisville.
When the fellow in concessions realized who we were, he immediately brought us 3 ice cold waters, which we all thanked him for and drank immediately. There is nothing as refreshing as ice cold water when we are riding. We stood and talked with the small group that had gathered around us and then Frankenbutt ordered us some burgers, for a late lunch. Coco seemed excited to be there and was jumping up and down. I took a moment and found the track president, Kathleen Foreman, and introduced myself. She let me know that registration for the first race was closed but that registration for the second race would open at the end of that race. They had over 50 motos for this pre-Grands “Marathon Weekend” race.
The Beast checked out the track and deemed the re-build was terrific with asymmetrical turns, longer on the back side, just how she likes it. She wore her Johnstown BMX jersey and looked very good on the track, although her gate starts are not at their best. She rode it several times before the evening race and then took 3rd in her motos and second in her main. I would love it if she made it to the main in the actual Grands Championship, but we’ve been to this dance 6 times before and she has yet to make it to the main. I’m hopeful but realistic. She’s a good rider, has skills, but it not currently top ranked. Regardless of that, we’ll have a good time watching her do her thing on the track.
When the evening racing finished around 10:00, we pitched our tent in a grove of trees and crawled in. I mentioned some of my aches and pains and the Beast had fun re-stating them in a Hurricane Weather reporter style. We all laughed for quite a while and then before long the three of us fell asleep. It was a cool evening and we all slept well in our tent, with a view of the Grands track. What a great way to go to sleep.