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We got a bit of a later morning start leaving Hagerstown than I had planned. We stayed the night at the Econo Lodge there and the desk manager insisted that we store our bikes in the boiler room, not in our hotel room. Typically, we leave all of our pannier bags on our bikes and unzip them to remove what clothes and toiletries we need for the night. Instead we had to take bed rolls off, remove the bags, pull the dog’s stuff, etc, etc. In the morning, we had to repack and reload the bikes.
Once we were on the road, we followed the GPS to Route 11 South out of town. As we were riding along, a green van beeped and waved and I realized it was Diane from Hagerstown BMX. If we were to pass by anyone we knew as we left town, it was fitting that it was Diane. She had been so kind and caring to us during our brief time in town. I learned that Diane is a caregiver in her employment, too, and I believe her clients our so fortunate to have someone helping them who is genuine.
We rode towards Martinsburg under overcast skies and thick humidity. Frankenbutt hadn’t been feeling well over the last few days and the humidity was adding to his discomfort. I offered to get a hotel room ahead of Winchester but he thought it better to push on and get to Winchester by early evening. Doing so would give him, (and the Beast and me, too) a full day of rest on Monday before we head to Winchester’s BMX track on Tuesday.
We were surprised that the route we chose didn’t have any really tough hills. We stopped along the way and got Gatorade and checked on how Frankenbutt was feeling. He sat down on the curb and I couldn’t tell if he was feverish since we all get hot and sweaty as we ride. Once we got the hotel room, he fell into the bed and rested. Later, he said he felt better and he did look a little better, too. It may just be fatigue but I’ll keep an eye on him as Monday unfolds.
We chose to fix an easy dinner in and enjoy a little cable tv for the evening. We made up Tuna Fish sandwiches on pita and the Beast put on a kids channel. We are thrilled that old friends of ours from Front Royal, VA are coming up to Winchester to meet us while we are in town on Monday.
Sorry for the late posting of the blog; had a few connection issues on Sunday evening.