The day started in a nice relaxed fashion with Scott & Kende. I got a banana and mayo sandwich which tasted better than it sounds and the sprinkle of sugar definitely helped. It’s lovely to be able to spend more time with my hosts over a relaxed breakfast than having to rush off when I don’t have short days ahead of me.
Riding down from Athena to Cross City was on a major US highway, but it had minimal traffic. The highlight was definitely that it was the first time in a good few months of riding where it was warm enough to be able to work on my suntan while I rode. The tan I had back in the summer has definitely faded, having spent so much time in cooler climates where I’ve had a jacket on most of the time. The saddest part has been the vanishing of my glorious tan lines caused by my sandals.
In Cross City, a bike trail began and it was one of the first ones I’d seen for a while. Florida has a good amount, I guess the good weather encourages their construction, and even though the roads aren’t busy it’s great to have that complete freedom when you cycle. It definitely helps when I want to study on my Kindle while I ride as there’s nothing on the path and so there’s absolutely no risk.
Patrick, my Warmshowers host for the night, lived just off the trail and that’s where I met him. He was waiting for me in the trail and pointed where in the woods which run by the trail I should push my bike. I was a little confused until 100 yards later we got to his house. I dropped off my bike, cleaned up and after working on the blog had a lovely evening talking with Patrick about all manners of topics. While he isn’t really much of a cycle tourist himself, he is definitely a traveller at heart and loves to explore. Sitting out by his camp fire and looking at the stars and almost full moon was a glorious way to end a nice day of cycling.
Riding down the trail