We wake up to birds chirping as fog rolls across a freshly tilled layer of chocolate cake. The fog creates beautiful silhouettes of table tops and triple jumps in the distance. A sound comes from the PA system and next thing you hear is "good morning motocross racers!" A wholesome breakfast to fuel the day has been consumed and the bike is all ready for the first practice of the day.
The first sound of a dirtbike has rose above the facility grounds, you can feel the intensity and excitement in the air. Riders have spent all week honing their skills, pouring blood, sweat, and tears into their craft to be the best rider each weekend. Riders have finally taken to the track for practice, some going all out and winning practice while others are conserved and learning each inch of the ever changing course. Ruts begin forming like small crevasses and bumps begin to form leading into turns like a random series of small hills. The track is chewing up and getting gnarlier each and every lap.
As the national anthem ends, fans and riders alike replace their ball caps on their head as they hoot and holler out of excitement showing respect and appreciation for the flag. The stage is set and the first races are ready to get underway as the each riders name and hometown are announced by the enthusiastic and passionate race announcer. Gates are packed, riders are ready, engine revs go up... the gate drop, and in an instant 42 fit and hungry for first place motocross riders all charge for the first turn in hopes of being the first rider through the turn earning them the "hole shot."
Heart rates have sky rocketed, adrenaline rushing through each riders veins. The fans watching riders battle back and forth as their adrenaline soars and heart rates rise as well. Parents and mechanics are yelling and cheering at the top of their lungs in hopes of motivating their rider that little bit extra. Pit boards read "be smooth" "think" "push" as riders fly by lap after lap. As the moto winds down it becomes apparent which riders have the fitness to go the whole distance and which don't. Mistakes become more abundant for some riders and it becomes a war with the mind just to finish.
The white flag finally comes out and there is a battle at the front. First and second are mere bike lengths apart with only a few corners to go. As they come to each corner the gap between the riders shrinks little by little. The rider in front will have to focus on what's ahead and make no mistakes while the rider behind continues to set up a winning pass. Two turns are left, barely a bike length between the two riders. The rider in second squares up the turn setting himself up for a chance to pass in the final turn! There is no time left to waste, the rider darts to the inside of the rider in front, the two are neck and neck coming out of the corner as the rider in second pulls a slight advantage! As the checkers fly, the rider who was in second throws his fists into the air in excitement as he barely edges out the other rider!
All the dust and sound settles as dawn arrives. A track once beautifully groomed now littered with breaking bumps, deep ruts, and tear offs sits waiting for the next battle to take place. Racers and fans drive home into the sunset satisfied and fulfilled from a great day of racing as the fog begins to roll back in and set the stage for the next race.
Tip of the week:
"It's always worth it"
Sometimes we are presented situations that we don't necessarily want to partake in simply because we believe it's too hard or it's annoying or we just plain don't see the purpose. Everything we do in life has a purpose, some of which we may never actually see. The idea of believing "it's always worth it" is to allow us to understand that everything we do has some effect on each of us. Something's may not turn out positive but learning and growing from those experiences is why "it's always worth it"
Food of the week: Jackfruit
Yes they are in fact that large, and actually larger even. Jackfruit are the largest tree-borne fruit and can weigh anywhere from 15 to 80 pounds! They are found in tropical regions of Asian/Indian subcontinents. The fruit tastes very sweet and similar to that of a pineapple, banana, and mango. In just 100g there are 95 calories, significant source of vitamin A and C as well as others. Has a great source of dietary fibers and is one of the rare fruits which is rich in a B complex group. Jackfruit are also a great source of quality sugars, potassium, magnesium, and iron.
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Eric Doty, Owner: On the Road