I forgot about writing this post and so it’s being written two weeks after the event. It’ll be just a short post reflecting my thoughts then. I’ll write another one in a few days to update with current thoughts – March 29th
Chad & Loren needed to head to Kroger to buy some things soon and with me heading that day decided to join me. While they?re thinking of buying bikes to go grocery shopping, we?d be going in Chad?s truck. Living in a remote place
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
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
After a lovely rest day in Key West, I decided to bounce back north to Big Pine. Sandy, my host, was a great guy and I could have easily stayed longer, but it felt right. Jeffrey, the guy I’d met in Marathon was also cycling north and it would mean that I’d have someone to ride with. Having someone to talk to for the 30ish miles would make it more enjoyable than just listening to my iPod.
Before heading off though, I had two things to do. I needed another free slice of Key Lime Pie
After a fairly decent night of sleep I was up and ready to pack my tent by 7. It’s much easier to get out on the road early when you’re camping and especially when you aren’t in an official camping place. From waking up to getting on the road it took less than 30 minutes, an improvement of my usual time which is closer to an hour. Not quite as fast as in a motel, but up there.
The first goal for the day was to get to Marathon. There was a Warmshowers guy down there called Jeffrey