Our second night in a tent was definitely better than the first although I was a little sweaty. I woke up a few times but nothing like as many as in Green Swamp. Having woken up at 5 I decided to stay awake and listen to the wildife while reading my Kindle which was lovely. The alarm went off at 6 and Charlotte woke up, we cooked oatmeal for the first time on the stove and slowly packed things away so we were on the road by 8:30.
Seth, our host in Mineola, had kindly given us his GPS route from Lake Monroe over to New Smyrna which was longer than the Google Maps suggestion but we were assured it was prettier and so it proved. The miles went by quickly and there was minimal traffic. We went past a couple of small towns but generally we were surrounded by greenery all the way to the coast.
We stopped in Oak Hill at Riverbreeze Park for lunch. It was located right by the Intracoastal Waterway, a 3000 mile combination of natural and manmade waterway that runs the length of most of the US Atlantic Coast. We cooked up the pasta from the day before and had a rest as we were getting a little hot after our long ride. Charlotte went for a wander and saw manatees but unfortunately didn’t have her camera with her.
After the rest we headed up US 1, a large road with a big shoulder, to New Smyrna. It was busier than the smaller roads would have been but we’d cycled a long way and Charlotte was having issues with her bike fit which caused numb hands so we wanted to get off as soon as possible. An hour or so later we pulled off in to suburban New Smyrna and found Debbie and Harris Samuels who welcomed us in, fed us a family recipe salmon loaf and gave us cold beer on their balcony. A fine end to a long day.