The next morning came and we loaded the bicycles on the back of the truck. Loaded up the kids in the backseat with enough electronic devices from DVD players to Nintendo DS's to keep them entertained for the next nine hours to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our secret weapon that my wife packed was lollipops for when the natives started getting restless. Of course that would happen when you have a three year-old strapped into a car seat for that amount of time. After the nine hour drive we pull into Hawthorne Suites, and unpack the necessities for the night. I get the boys and we unload the bikes and take them for a two mile ride down the Cedar River Trail to work the legs out after sitting for that long.
|Rockin' the Twin Six|
For the Fourth of July we took the kids to the town of Okabena for a parade. They collected more candy than what they have gotten combined for the last two Halloweens. The following day we took a two hour trip north up to Minneapolis. First stop, Twin Six. Great visiting the company that I am racing for this year and hopefully down the road also. I was a kid in a candy store with all the T6 gear around me. The crew there was awesome in giving us the tour and seeing a few things that are coming down the pipe. We checked into our hotel right across from the next stop at Mall of America. We ended up spending 6+ hours in there from lunch until dinner. We covered all three floors and went to the aquarium before grabbing dinner at Tony Roma's. One of the only places the kids and I wanted to go was the Lego store. Which we waited until almost last to visit, so that I would not be carrying around the bag of legos the entire time. They had above the store these gigantic lego scenes that were larger than life. One was a thirty-four foot robot, another was a helipcopter with lego SWAT members repelling down, a knight fighting this creature with a bull-head. To believe that all of this was made completely of legos. Along with this were pictures outisde the store made completely out of legos. The next day we took the kids to the Minnesota Zoo. It was fairly warm out that day, but since Minnesota gets so cold right much of the exhibits were inside which gave some relieve from the heat. Afterwards we drove back to the farm to make it in time for dinner.