|4 Runner loaded to bear|
So we loaded up the truck and headed to Verona. Hills that is. Gravel climbs, icy descents.
Surprisingly I got two teenage kids out of bed at 8:00 am, had breakfast, packed the car, loaded up the bikes, and out the door on our way to Madison by 11:00 am. Dad’s always have schedules and times we expect to get things done by, but rarely do dad’s plans meet up square with teenage productivity. Somehow today we did it.
|Starched flags the whole way up|
We drove a leisurely pace, thanking the Illinois department of highways along the way for raising the tolls on January 1st. The tolls on I-90 north of Chicago to Wisconsin now takes $3 a shot. Adding up the tolls and their increased price from south of Chicago all the way to the Wisconsin border it will now cost $20 just to pass through Chicago. My first thought was “DAMN!”, but then I started thinking…if we want people to think about driving every place at any time this is the way to do it. If it was going to cost me a Jackson a day to drive to work just in tolls, you can bet I would be thinking about alternatives to driving my car.
|Verona-Still Work To Do|
After hitting up a Chipotle in Middleton, WI (the McDonald’s of cross racers) we hit up our hotel and started to get settled. And by settled I mean the kids went played in the pool while I washed six bikes and 3 additional wheelsets in the shower. When we finished in Chicago the mud was sticking to the bikes and on top of that freezing to the bikes. As a result of the freezing temps we didn’t want to wash them outside in Chicago – last thing I needed was water getting in sealed bearings, freezing, expanding and having to run to bikes shops collecting bearing replacements. So I channeled my inner Dusty Labar and soiled the shower.
Now the bikes are clean, the kids are refreshed, and we have all ridden on trainers on the hotel to shake out the legs after yesterdays beating in Chicago. Tomorrow we start our quest to learn, prepare and compete in Nationals – look for insights on the course and tires in tomorrow edition. We will try to get reviews of the current conditions utilizing the following tires:
- Vittoria XG (almost exactly same as Challenge Grifo)
- Vittoria XM
- Vittoria XN
- Challenge Limus
- Clement PDX
- Clement PDX
- Clement LAS
I have also included a few fun photos below. Teenagers are fun, interesting, and perplexing to travel with – they are so easily distracted by normal every day items.
|Occupado! Sorry kids, can't use the toilet right now|
|Pretty nice hotel pool, even has life guards|
|Hotel with bunk beds? There were fights over the top bunk|
|I found them in the closet playing with the hotel safe. |
Seriously, I did not stage this.