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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Grand Canyon -> Flagstaff

Grand Canyon -> Flagstaff

Instead of staying at the Grand Canyon for a couple of nights as planned, I had contacted Taylor and arranged to arrive a day early. He was flexible and so after eating some breakfast in my tent and finding a good few inches of snow having settled outside, I packed up, said my goodbyes to Olly & Amy and got on the bike. The snow was still falling, but it wasn’t very heavy and I didn’t want to give it the chance to become so. I headed out of the park, a little frustrated to have

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Columbia Falls -> McGregor Lake

Having stayed up chatting until late the night before, C was happy to have a lie in. C wanted to spend the morning talking to friends and a package that we had been trying to get for 2 months was due to arrive that day and I wasn’t wanting to miss it again. I did my usual for the free time, admin duties such as working on the blog, route planning and finances.

The package that we were waiting for was from LunaTec. I had been in contact with them back

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St Mary -> Apgar

C’s thoughts

It was awesome. Singlehandedly the best ride of the trip and will be very difficult to surpass.

We woke up to hear the wind hadn’t settled at all from the night before. It was coming down the Rockies and meant that pulling my tent down was a hassle because as soon as the pegs came out, it wanted to blow away. After the tent came down, I headed over to the bear boxes to get our bags. St Mary was bear country and any bags that had food or smelly things in, including deodorant,

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