Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

People often ask me what one thing I wouldn’t want to do without. It’s a difficult question as I have reasons to carry everything I have with me. My Kindle, along with my GPS, is very near the top of that list.

The basic function of the Kindle, that whole being able to carry a lifetime supply of books and read them on a screen that looks like paper, is pretty glorious by itself, but at least with the minimal amount of downtime I really have had so far I could have survived just fine

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Keen Cabo Flip-Flops

Keen Cabo Flip-Flops

Being English, I never really wore flip-flops that much. I had a pair by the back door at home for going out into the garden but I’d usually just use a pair of trainers instead. Having said that, my Keen Cabo Flip-Flops have seen a good amount of use on this trip. I’ve only got three pairs of footwear with me, my Shimano SH-SD66 cycling sandals, a pair of Vibrams and my flip-flops. My sandals are fine to walk

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Minneola -> Orlando

Minneola -> Orlando

While the ride to Minneola the day before was the end of the loop, the true end of part 1 awaited me in Orlando. Since I had departed from Tampa in May, Alix, the friend who had inspired me to do this trip, had got married to Inseul and moved to Orlando. Therefore, I had to get to Orlando, a 40-50 mile ride depending on how direct I went.

A relaxing morning talking with Kathy & Seth was followed by us all getting ready to ride. While they both have individual bikes they prefer to ride their

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Dunnellon -> Minneola

Dunnellon -> Minneola

Usually when I have 70 miles ahead of me I’m on the road by not much later than 8am, as it was I wasn’t awake until then and then proceeded to have a delightful breakfast with Lynn & Roger. Even though it was early January, it was warm enough to be sat outside for breakfast. We continued exchanging stories and then it moved on to me giving suggestions to them about cycle touring, what they might need to buy and any other questions they had. It felt great to be giving back as I

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Fanning Springs -> Dunnellon

Fanning Springs -> Dunnellon

Having felt a little under the weather a few days earlier, I guess my body decided that I needed to sleep more to clear things up. That’s my explanation of why I didn’t wake up until after 9:30 anyway. With another short day ahead of me, I wasn’t in a rush and so life was good. We had a relaxed breakfast of sausage and eggs and spoke more about travel and different mindsets before I hit the road on the way to Lynne & Roger, whom Patrick had hooked me up with.



I followed the

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