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I enjoyed scoring with the other volunteers and was surprised that the racing wrapped up around noon. Frankenbutt and I worked on breaking down our campsite while the Beast enjoyed the last of her time with her new friend, Melanie. While we packed, we both noted that it may be time to pack up some more unnecessary stuff and send it home, as we’ve done in the past.
We rode our loaded bikes up into the Concession area to say our good byes and a fellow named Willie, from the Columbus, OH track, approached us. He asked if we were coming to Columbus; that they’d like to host us at his track. He asked so nicely … and to be quite honest, I couldn’t recall our schedule … that I promised him we’d come to Columbus. Frankenbutt and I plan to re-work out the last 4 weeks of our travel schedule, since we recently learned that 2 of the planned track stops aren’t necessary; unfortunately, 2 Ohio tracks have closed since last year. YIKES!
We said goodbye to Jennifer and Jason West, Cindy and Don Wagner, Erma and Dave Miller, Allison from Concessions (who gave us grapes, carrots and apples for the ride), Kirk Morrison and Mike of J&R Bicycles and a bunch of other new bmx friends and then rode out of Waterford Oaks park in the sunshine. We only had 20 or so miles to ride so we rode quite leisurely. We stopped at a Kroger grocery store and picked up some dinner and breakfast essentials and then rode onto the campground.
We arrived and got a nice shady spot on the outer loop. We pulled the inflatable bed roll pads and just relaxed in the shade before putting up our tent. An 11 year old boy rode up on his bike and had questions about the Beast’s race bike. He saw it go by his campsite and he said he wants to ride BMX. The Beast proudly told him about her bike, “Sharkey”, and all about BMX. He left and returned with his little brother and the Beast gave them J&R Bicycles stickers. They liked them, left and returned again to talk more BMX. It was cute and I think the Beast was pretty proud of being asked about her beloved sport.
We ate an easy dinner of “shells ‘n cheese”, followed by grapes and some baby carrots. The Beast cleaned dishes while I showered. FYI, the campground shower had “sand blast” force water pressure. I wasn’t just clean, I was sparkling! After the Beast showered, we all went in the tent for the night, slapping the last of the mosquitos on our legs. I was out like a light in no time. Apparently, the Beast and Frankenbutt enjoyed some Facebook time on my Blackberry and the laptop, passing them over me while I snoozed. Life is good!