On an almost daily basis, my job has been to contact all the tracks we plan to visit and share our story with them. Some track responses have been amazing! We’ve been offered free camping and meals at their tracks, showers at members’ homes and special presentations to celebrate our arrival. I’ve talked with many tracks about how to capitalize on the publicity our ride to their track will bring; how and when to contact the media, etc. We’ve exchanged ideas about how to build up recognition for BMX, an under reported sport that deserves shared space on the sports pages of their local papers. Wouldn’t it be nice to see our kids’ BMX race finishes covered as much as the local baseball and football games? FYI, neither is an OLYMPIC sport! BMX is!
Since it was not only a rainy day here but one filled with thunderstorms and lightening, we did not ride today. We are committed to being safe and lightening looks cool but is quite dangerous, especially for bike riders. So, instead of 2 wheels, we went with 4 wheels today.
First, we drove to a local sign shop and ordered a www.ridethenation.org sign for our bike trailer. We have a small space on either side that hopefully will keep fellow travellers in the loop about who we are … AND … our signs will be made on reflective aluminum, (similar to standard street signs) that will keep us visible. The sign maker gave us a reasonable cost and the signs should be ready in about a week.
Second, we drove to our local cell phone provider’s store and looked at upgrade options for my Blackberry phone. We’ve reached that magical date where I can get a free phone as long as I promise (and am contractually obligated) to maintain an additional 2 year contract. So, now I’m fumbling with the new phone and trying to get it to do what my old phone did. I think I might be getting old.
The Beast did not miss the opportunity to point out that her phone has been anything but good almost since the day we bought it. She’s such a good kid and has been so patient with our situation, that I asked if there was a reasonably priced phone with a good reputation that would hold up well during our ride. The sales woman pointed us to 2 phones and 1 of them happens to be the exact phone my other daughter, the Editor, has. And it has a $50 rebate right now, which puts it in the affordable range. Now the Beast can send pictures via text and email to her old friends in Hawaii and Jersey and Canada. She’s happy and offered to give me nightly foot rubs during the ride! Who says I don’t know how to work a good deal??
Fully soaked and clad with new phones to learn, we headed home. We had hoped the storm would subside and give us at least a few hours of late afternoon riding but no luck. There were still occasional lightning strikes that raised every hair on the maternal instinct of my neck!
Once home, Frankenbutt and I discussed a backup plan regarding our house. We had planned to rent it out or sell it as a lease/purchase prior to our ride launch. We have had limited response to our advertising and the ones we have had don’t meet the basic criteria we typically require. Rather than placing a questionable tenant in this investment house, we are considering holding on to it until we return in September. Of course, we won’t have the rental income in our budget, but we will make do. We always do.
If any of you have direct connections to Mother Nature, let her know we need some good weather to train in now and to ride in during the months ahead.
Remember, we’d still love to see pics of you (or your child) and your bike! We’ll post them on our “me ‘n my bike pics” page. We added our Route plan page now so you can see when we’ll be closest to where you are or where you are going. Feel free to ask your track’s webmaster to post a link to our website, too!
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