I’d arrived in Pompano on Tuesday and had originally thought I’d be rolling out on Thursday. Having enjoyed my time there and with Noelle’s kindness, I stayed until Sunday, but then it was time to go. It was lovely relaxing, playing scrabble and going for a ride down the intracoastal with Tom, but the semblance of a plan had formed during my time and I’d got a new mirror so it was time to roll.
I’d been in touch with Patrick
I awoke to find Ray out of the house and Denise busy working the phones trying her best to help find Margo, her son’s dog that had gone missing. She was calling vets, animal shelters and anyone else in the Jacksonville area who might be able to help locate Margo. It reminded me of when I was a kid and Blacky the rabbit, my only pet, ran off and we tried all we could to find her. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find her as she probably disappeared to the woods right next to our house
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
After a rest day with Jim & Ju, it was time to head up to Miami. I spent the morning relaxing and giving some thought to the next few weeks. I’m at a stage of the trip which is a little difficult to plan for. Being in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, I’m strongly tempted to try to find my way over to the Caribbean, and at least the Bahamas. It’s an idea that I’ve had off and on since talking with Pete
Waking up to a headwind I knew I wouldn’t be cycling up to Homestead in a day. I was about 110 miles away and so, as I’m still taking things easily, knew I was either getting somewhere around the Islamorada area or taking the bus. Either way, it meant I could take my time to get up to Marathon to meet up with Jeffrey again.
I knew I only had to get to Marathon for about 12 so the ride up was relaxing. I stopped at a couple of little beaches and worked on finishing the book