Well now, has it REALLY been 6 months since my last blog post? Boo!
The girls’ raced BMX most of the winter and spring at NW Indoor BMX, until they closed in early May for the outdoor season. Since then, we have done a handful of races at our local track (McCollum Park) and been to the Peninsula once.
In March, we attended the Dirty Poker Run put on by the Fringe Motorcycle Club. As always, it was a BLAST. This year, members from Maybelline’s 4H group attended – and she also got to work at one of the poker checkpoints (as part of her 4H Community Service requirements).
In April, Maybelline bought herself a new BMX bike – and gave her sister her old one. It was most definitely time for both of the girls to step a size up…love watching them improve as they grow!
Also in April, WE ADOPTED A PUPPY! For many years, the kiddos and Dan have been trying to convince me we need a dog. I was not sold on the idea! Eventually, when the right time/right situation came along, we jumped on it. On Easter Day, the ‘Easter Bunny’ delivered an adorable 10 week pure breed Mastiff puppy…we named her EB (short for Easter Bunny). We love and adore her SOOOOO MUCH!
We spent Memorial Day weekend over in tri-cities…racing Saturday morning at Walla Walla, Saturday evening at Columbia Basin, and Sunday morning at Columbia Basin. The girls’ swooped up podium finishes at all 3 of the races – and they sure went home as tired puppies. The weather that weekend was toppling in the 90’s…and of course, our AC in the #motohome had to go out in the middle of the trip – so that was quite the adventure. We are working on getting that fixed, as we speak!
Most of June was focused on wrapping up school and work, and preparing for the summer that lies ahead! In addition to graduation and birthday parties galore, we and trying to squeeze in some track time where fit.
Cycle Barns annual ‘Kids Day’ was in late June – and Poppa Wheelie and Maybelline volunteered for the event (and I somehow got coerced into working a few hours myself). It’s always fun to help get kiddos onto quads/dirt bikes/strider bikes for their first time…so many happy smiles!
Maybelline chose to have her birthday party at Poppa Wheelies again this year (I know, SHOCKING)! About 60 people attended, and we had as many as 15 kids riding the track throughout the day. In the early afternoon, we hosted a small ‘poker run’ ride for all the kids with some really great prizes/swag. Her birthday parties are always THE BEST – HAPPY 9th BIRTHDAY MAYHEM ♥.
It is now July (how the heck did that happen) – and the calendar is JAM PACKED with #moto #moto #moto through the rest of the summer. Both girls finish up swim lessons this week, and then we are off to Eastern Washington to ride with the 4H group for the weekend. Shortly after that, Mayhem is off to DIRT BIKE summer camp for an entire week. We have a big trip down to the Coos Bay sand dunes in August – immediately returning to 2 weeks out at the Evergreen State Fair (Mayhem will be competing on her dirt bike). We end the summer with BMX State Finals in Tri-Cities…than, back to school (and back to work for me).
Stay tuned for more adventures from Team #77 Racing!
We arrived home late last night, after 5 days over on the east side of the mountains in Spokane! Overall, it was a great trip. But as usual, it also came with a few minor hassles…
We left our home in Lynnwood about 1pm last Thursday (about 5 hours later than planned; last minute schedule change). We made sure we ate before we left (lunch date with girls’ bestie, Kenzie); as the late departure meant we were on a mission and making NO stops on the way over. Spokane is roughly a 5 hour drive from our house, so leaving at 1pm would put us at the track about 6pm…and racing started at 7pm that night. Cutting it soooo close!
About an hour into our drive (headed up I90 on Snoqualmie Pass), we blew out a right rear tire – DAMNIT! Luckily we do have dual tires in the rear, so we were able to ‘limp’ it (30mph on the pass, YOUR WELCOME FOLKS) to the nearest Les Schwab in North Bend. As soon as we pulled in, we got IMMEDIATE assistance (BEST customer service EVER). With luck on our side, they had 2 tires in stock – and had those both changed and us back on the road within an hour! We only actually blew out one tire, but within the last month – we had also already replaced 4 of the tires due to being ‘weather checked’. So leaving just one solo ‘old’ tire on the bus didn’t make sense, so we just replaced both. Now, the Team 77 #MotoHome has ALL NEW RUBBERS all around…(Cheers! But sooooo hard on the pocket book)…
We got back on the road, another 2 hours behind schedule. At this point, we had recognized that it was very unlikely we wouldn’t make it in time for racing that night. We set off, slow and steady, SPOKANE bound!
It was 7:07pm when we hit the exit to the track, off I90. The track was still another 20ish mins from there – so we were too late. We cruised through town, stopped at a local Mexican Restaurant for dinner, and arrived at the track (racing was just finishing up) by 8ish. A track volunteer immediately flagged us down, and offered to let us park ANYWHERE (and this place was HUGE and empty). Being that it was pretty dark out already, we posted up not too far from the track, but away from regular ‘car’ parking – and got bikes and gear unloaded immediately. They opened the track back up, and ran a few hours of practice sessions under the lights. Great way to start the trip!
Friday was also such a great day! Racing wasn’t until 6pm that day (thankfully, because it was HOT HOT HOT outside). The girls’ ran a few practice sessions on the track throughout the day, we went on a hike down to the river, and spent an hour or so at the ‘splash park’ next door. By 6pm, the girls’ were READY TO RACE (and Dan & I were exhausted from trying to keep them busy all day in the 95ish degree heat, LOL). The track operator, again, had told us to feel more than welcome to put our ‘team’ pop-up tent anywhere, YAY! We were able to snag a great spot on the finish line, under some shade, with a sweet picnic table.
For being a Friday night race, I was shocked at the turn out! Both girls had full gates; and they had 97 riders and 25 motos total. Fun way to spend Friday night ‘racing under the lights’…
Penelope finished 3rd overall, and Maybelline finished 5th. Even better was a surprise visit from Dan’s great aunt and uncle who live in Spokane. This was the first time they have ever seen the girls’ race, and they REALLY enjoyed it. Was fun to chat with them =).
Saturday was the ‘BIG’ Triple Point Race that we initially came over for. Not only did the BMX track bring in 53 Motos and 229 riders; but there was also a HUGE volleyball tournament right next door that brought in THOUSANDS of people. That made for some interesting camping! We woke up to being blocked in from every angle by cars, trucks, travel trailers, and motorhomes. There were people ‘tail-gating’ everywhere, and music blaring from every stereo around. Luckily, by 7pm (just a few hours after racing was over), the place emptied out.
Saturday’s race started at noon-ish. Both girls’ had FULL classes, and had to qualify for their mains. Nelly got 3rd in here first moto, so she was automatically transferring to the main. Mayhem got 5th, so needed to try again to qualify in the 2nd moto. Sure enough, she took 3rd in the 2nd moto – and moved on to the main.
Both girls’ rode so hard in their mains; peddling their butts off! May ended up taking 3rd overall, and Nelly took 4th. So proud of these girls!
Sunday morning’s race (a double point race) came around pretty quickly (10am-ish). The track brought in 26 motos and 98 riders! For both girls’, it was a total point race (meaning they automatically go to the main; they don’t have to qualify for it). They, once again, peddled their butts off the entire time – and Nelly took 2nd, and May 3rd.
We also had another surprise visit, but this time from MY great Aunt & Uncle. They, too, had never seen the girls’ race. Was such a pleasure to visit with them!
This was the last race of the trip, so after racing, we packed things up – and got headed to our next destination…
Spokane RV Resort (at Deer Park Golf Club)!
We arrived to the RV Resort on Sunday afternoon. Prior to this, I had procrastinated in making reservations for this ‘R&R time’ in Spokane after racing. By the time I got around to doing so, most of the ‘legit’ places were full/booked. Deer Park had an opening though, and was only 20mins from the track. So we booked it! Having looked over their website, and reading some reviews – I knew that this full service ‘luxury’ resort would work out great. They offered a pool, on-site laundry, club house, golfing, paved roads (for bikes or skateboards), playground, and restaurant – and had great views onto a beautifully landscaped golf course!
We spent two days at the resort, departing on Tuesday. We got another surprise Tuesday morning: our good friend Brett brought his son and nephew out for the girls’ to play with. The four of them played kick ball, raced each other around, and had such a blast. Thank god for awesome friends!
We were on the road by noon-ish on Thursday, headed home. As soon as we jumped on I90, it was apparent that wind was going to be an issue, but we had NO IDEA how bad it was going to be. We traveled 45ish MPH almost the entire way home, being blown all over the road…sooooo scary (and I am the WORSE ‘back-seat driver’). As we went through Moses Lake, you could barely see the highway as a gnarly dust storm was rolling through. As we were heading down Vantage, the high winds busted off a mount on our awning, and sent the thing flying off the side of our motorhome. We pulled over, and up behind us came gentlemen who just lost his awning too. In front of us, were another gentleman and his son that ALSO just lost their awning. How bizarre is that? Anyhow, everyone helped everyone – and within a half hour or so, we were all back on the road.
We stopped in Ellensburg to check out Webb Powersports (KTM dealer) and have dinner. By the time we left Ellensburg, the winds had died down a bit. We were able to pick up speed near Cle Elum, and booked it over the pass. Coming into North Bend, a lady about 10 cars up lost control of her car, shooting her from one side of the highway, back to the other side, and up a bank off the shoulder. Of course, that caused all 4 lanes of traffic to lock up their brakes and start swerving to avoid her…which meant us bobbing & weaving while skidding to a quick stop. We pulled over for a few minutes, as both Dan and I were shaking and still trying to take in what just happened (both girls’ were sleeping through this thankfully). Dan went to check on the gal who wrecked her call, and called 911. After a short while, we jumped back on the highway and made for home. We were home by 8, showered and fed by 9, and in bed by 10 – what a crazy day of travel!
The kids and I are spending today and tomorrow getting the bus cleaned out and everything put away. Dan is back to work. Poppa Wheelie will be coming down on Friday and Saturday – as the girls’ are going to be racing the combined State Qualifier and DK Gold Cup Qualifier this weekend at SeaTac BMX. Luckily, this track is only 30ish minutes from home – so we will be making a ‘day trip’ out of it. Following that race, we will be ‘off’ from BMX for 2 weeks – as we head to Chinook for our annual fishing trip with Dan’s grandfather (our FAVORITE vacation of the year)!
I want to take a moment to give credit, where credit is due: A HUGE THANK YOU AND KUDOS to the team out at Spokane BMX! We have been to 7 tracks here in the NW this year, and Spokane BMX was BY FAR was the BEST venue, with the BEST people, and the BEST ‘program’. From the time we got there, to the time we left (4 days’ worth) – there was ALWAYS someone available for questions or to help. They kept their track open to the ‘public’ 24/7 – meaning we could practice anytime we wanted. Registration, practice, the posting of motos (and the 5 minutes given to dispute changes), the intervals between races…EVERYTHING was always right on time (meaning no waiting around/dead time). In the 3 days of racing, not once was there a ‘moto re-post’ (which is next to un-heard of; they seriously had their program together). The awards/trophies for each day were all different, and well thought out…we LOVED the plaques from the SCR! The facilities were kept SO CLEAN – and had ample parking and areas for camping. The track operator (who I believe was also the announcer) was always VERY CLEAR on details (personally introduced the ‘official’ for the day, gave credit to each volunteer individually, and had a GREAT sense of humor). During break time, they brought out hula hoops and other toys and let the kids put on a great show; so fun! Their photographer was TOP NOTCH – best photos of the girls’ yet, and they were usually posted/shared the SAME DAY! I could keep going on & on; but I am sure you get the general gist: SPOKANE BMX ROCKS! Too bad this track isn’t closer to home =(. We can’t wait to go back! Side note: Rumor has it, concrete corners go in this week – WOW!
We are home from the LumberJack Nationals! We had such a great time, but are all sooooo exhausted. There were some up’s, and some down’s, but overall – it was a huge success…
The 2nd day of racing (Saturday, which was our 3rd day at the track) began with 8:50am practice. The girls’ had to share a bed in the motorhome the night before because Poppa Wheelie was staying with us and stole the couch. Although we began our bedtime routine about 8pm, the girls bickered and fought with each other until 11:30pm (when they were finally separated and May ended up sleeping on the floor) – none of us getting to bed until midnight. Well, as expected, 8am came VERYYYY early for them (both of them struggled to get out of bed and dressed). Both made it to practice, and all seemed to be going well.
AND THEN…breakfast time hit. What was a small request for Penelope to finish her cereal (that she asked for) and her cup of juice (that she poured a second serving of herself) – quickly turned into ‘World War #77’. Needless to say, Penelope ended up ‘grounded’ for the day, which meant no racing for her. We had already registered and paid for her, so it was a pretty significant financial hit to us – but being a ‘team-player’ and displaying good behavior is not an option. Her loss, and she was pretty bummed about it.
Maybelline went on to race and did SOOOOO GOOD in all her motos. She qualified for the main, and ended up taking 4th place overall (in the 8N class). Her team-mates also had some great victories (Ty took 1st, and Megan took 4th).
The kids celebrated in the evening with some kick-ball and hacky sack, while the adults celebrated over PBR. Having such an eventful day, ending in some great wins… always makes for some good ol’ camping and team celebration! But with Penelope’s recent events/behavior, the girls were again beginning their bedtime routine at 8pm. This time, Penelope slept in our bed in order to separate them (I stayed with the girls while Dan tended to the fire with the neighbors, later coming to bed and putting her back in her bed once asleep). The girls’ were ‘lights-out’ by 9pm – THANK GOODNESS.
Saturday morning came quickly! Racing began at 8am sharp – no registration and no practice. Both girls struggled just a bit to get up and out of bed (at about 7:20am) – but once they did, they both had smiles on their faces and were ready to RACE!
Maybelline cruised through her motos, qualifying for her main, and taking 4th place overall (again). She pushed hard, and did some of her best racing this day! Penelope placed 3rd in her first moto (but only 1st and 2nd were advancing to the main). In her second moto, she took 2nd, so she was finally qualified to move on to the main. When the 3rd moto/main arrived, I am no quite sure where her head was at. She cruised through the whole race, sitting down, peddling as little as possible – and finished 6th. She was happy to get a trophy; but it was a tad disappointing to see that she had surely ‘checked-out’ of the competition (especially since she had previously put in so much effort to qualifying for it in the first place). Hoping this was just a ‘bad moment’ for her…
Once racing was over (noon-ish), we all began packing up to head home. We all filled our bellies with lunch, and took down camp, one item at a time. We were on the road by 1ish, and home by 2:30ish. This arrival home was a day earlier than we had initially anticipated, but much needed.
Once home, we unpacked the motorhome, everyone enjoyed much needed showers, and relaxed while enjoying a family movie (Cheaper by the Dozen #2) followed by dinner (homemade beef Gyros).
Another successful trip in the books – and we can now say that we tackled USA BMX Nationals and survived!
Now, the week ahead: 4th of July celebrations, Swim Lessons, Motocross Practice at EMXP (on dirt bikes), and Maybelline heads to Idaho…solo! Stay tuned for more updates from Team #77 Racing…
We made it! Although it’s only a 1.5hr drive from home, it seems as if it took DAYS to get here.
Once we arrived, we pulled into our weekend camping spot, and immediately blew out a tire. Ugh! Motorhome tires are NOT cheap, nor is it easy to get it replaced. We have a service call into the local Les Schwab and are hoping they will make it out first thing in the morning (before this place becomes a mad-house).
Less than 10 minutes following that episode, I stepped on a large piece of glass (hiding in the gravel) that went right through my shoe and sliced the bottom of my foot open. Double damn (as great-grandma would say)!
Getting the bad stuff out of the way first thing…the rest of the day hanging with our team mates has been a pleasure. The girls spent most of the afternoon running around, playing, and causing mischief whenever possible.
To celebrate Mayhem’s ACTUAL birthday (and Dan & I’s anniversary), we headed into town for dinner at Hop Jack’s. It was good, but nothing worth bragging about.
Now, we are bundled up in the motorhome watching ‘Parent Trap’ – hoping the kids will wind down and get well rested. Practice starts about 10 tomorrow, with racing immediately following. Can’t wait…!
Stay tuned for more updates from the BMX LumberJack Nationals…