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I’d had a few rest days in Miami with my host Mitch and his housemate Adam. It had been lovely and relaxing, aided by Biscayne Bay being 10 yards from their back door. I’d seen dolphins and manatees while I sat on their lounger reading Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, a book that C was reading at the start of the trip. After reading his description of bears, I now know where her insistence on carrying bear spray came from!

The ride up to Fort Lauderdale saw me riding along A1A , the Atlantic 1 Alternate, which runs up the Atlantic Coast the length of Florida up to its border with Georgia. C & I were on it up in the Daytona Beach area back in May, and I’m going to be taking it for the next few days of riding, probably. It’s enjoyable to be so close to the beach and always have the option to turn right, get off the bike and sit down on the beach for a while to read.

I tried riding down the bike path next to the beach at times, but as it was basically the right hand side of a large walking area it got slightly frustrating. People seemed to enjoy wandering off the beach without looking trying to get themselves hit by cyclists while others stood in the middle not knowing/caring that it was a bike path.

Going down the main drag of Fort Lauderdale Beach, I was glad to be on a bike. Especially near the beginning, the traffic was terrible and even later I was easily able to go at least at the same speed as vehicles.

The road led me to Ray & Denise’s place. Unfortunately, their son’s dog Margo had got out and Denise in particular was busy contacting everyone she could find in the Jacksonville area to locate Margo. Ray is the busiest retiree I’ve ever met. He has an action-packed schedule at all times with bike polo, philosophy classes, bike rides and morning Chinese martial arts on the beach to name but a few. He’s hopeful that he’ll get out on a tour, but it’s a matter of finding the right one and also making some time in his remarkably busy life. While he was out at his philosophy class, I got to speak to Denise and it was lovely. She and her family spent 5 years living in Tokyo which lead to some really interesting conversations about life over there. We also discussed Burning Man which she and Ray had been to in 2011. The pictures that she showed me were just phenomenal and it seems like such an amazing experience. It’s on the list that Alix & I came up with, but who knows when I’ll get there!

Riding down the beach

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Looking over Biscayne Bay

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