Venice -> Punta Gorda

Venice -> Punta Gorda

With another short day ahead of me, there was no rush to get on the road and so when Leslie mentioned a trip to the beach I jumped at the chance. I packed up the bike and we rolled over to meet her mum Liz and then walked to the ferry.

You could only ride the ferry if you had a monthly or annual pass and so it was for locals only. Liz knew everyone on the ferry as she took it most days. The ferry ride took only a few minutes to cross the Intracoastal and we were dropped off by a quiet beach. As

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Bradenton -> Venice Beach

Bradenton -> Venice Beach

While Tom had to head to work early, Alice didn’t have to leave until around 10:30 and with Operation No Sweat meaning I only had about 40 miles ahead of me I was happy to leave then too. Alice was heading over to the island to study and was planning on riding over so we both headed out at the same time. She was riding over which made me happy. I’m always happy to hear of people commuting around by bike and Florida’s winter makes biking to places so accessible.


While Alice headed

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Tampa -> Bradenton

Tampa -> Bradenton

It had been 3 weeks since I’d last ridden. 18 days in Orlando was followed by a couple in Tampa and it had flown by. Orlando had seen me re-unite with both Alix and teaching. It’d been my longest break since I’d flown to the US back in April, and, while there was the temptation to stay longer, things aligned in such a way that I found myself back at Alix’s mum’s place in Tampa and working out where the road would take me next.

After I?m done with the US, I?m

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Shimano SH-SD66 Sandals

Shimano SH-SD66 Sandals

As I mentioned when talking about my Keen Cabos, I have 3 pairs of footwear. The second pair that I’ll write about it are my Shimano SH-SD66 sandals that have been on my feet every day I’ve cycled over the last 9 months.

Most bikes have flat pedals and can be ridden with any kind of footwear. For those who want to increase the efficiency of their pedal stroke, there is the option of things such as Power Grips. They are

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The Sprinter Stick

The Sprinter Stick

People often ask me how I?m able to keep riding day in day out. I have a few answers to that and one is always in reaching distance strapped to the back of my bike. It?s a little bizarre looking and it always attracts questions from people who see me load up my bike. It?s my Sprinter Stick. It?s 19? long (48cm) and is used to give massages on the cheap. I can often be seen at the end of the day, or even sometimes during the ride, laying on the floor and rubbing down

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