It is 2:33 p.m. Thursday, and I have just arrived in Albany, WI - the site of our first camp. It's amazing how fast the day went.
It all started when my alarm went off at 4:50 a.m. I got myself and all my stuff to Olin Park in time to load my gear into the truck that carries everything along the route and load all of the food for the morning pit stop (AM Pit in these parts) into my car. Everything went really smoothly, which is quite a victory for me at 5:30 in the morning.
I did not get to see Opening Ceremonies because I had to take off to get to AM Pit to start preparing, but the site looked amazing. Sun rising over Lake Monona--it doesn't get any better than that, and I'm sure it made set the perfect scene for what is always a very emotional ceremony.
AM Pit was in Stoughton, and we served all sorts of goodies, fuel and fun to the riders. It is really exciting to see the other side of the ride. It's a whole nother world than pedaling for 300 miles, but it is equally important.
Everyone was in really good spirits and the riders were in and out of there more than an hour before we expected. The ACT Ride has really turned into a machine that is impecibly planned.
After the riders left and we packed up all the leftovers, some of the AM Pit Crew and I went shopping! We do a lot more than just provide food, we also need to give them an atmosphere to relax and have fun.
Each day has a theme. Today was ACT Day, tomorrow is Mardi Gras, Saturday is Wisconsin Day and Sunday is Red Day. We didn't have a whole lot for Wisconsin Day, so we stopped to buy some fun stuff to decorate AM Pit for Saturday.
Then it was off to lunch. I feel like I'm eating just as much this year as I did last year when I rode, which is probably not the best thing. But I'm sure the baby is enjoying it.
After lunch we stopped at PM Pit briefly and then came here. Crews are very busy getting ready for dinner (more food!) and riders are starting to trickle in.
I do have to say, I miss riding. I would definitely be out there if it wasn't for the pregnancy thing. But at least I have a great excuse, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of Crew.
I should probably set up my air mattress while I can still find a good space. Joe Labarbera is here with me working on the TV side of things, so watch him tonight on 27 News at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. I will also post his story here as soon as the news is over and I have access to it.
I'll check in later and let you know how the night goes.
Have a great one, I know I will.