Monday, September 27, 2010
Made our way to FLA!!
Well here we are...day 58 of our journey has brought us to the state of Florida, just as planned. It is amazing that we have stayed on schedule, but good weather, the help of Mom and Dad, and the sheer joy of catching up with friends and family along the way have certainly factored in. Good, hard pedal power doesn't hurt either! Boy did we put in aa extreme effort today. We had 83 miles to cover and there was a rainstorm brewing in the distance all morning. As we approached the causeway into the city of St. Augustine the thunder started and the skies opened up, but luckily we were just yards away from the Hampton. Joel took this ominous photo of the dark skies just to show what we dodged! Mom and Dad had scouted out an amazing restaurant by the water for dinner so once again the reward at the end of the day is well worth the effort put in.
Going back to yesterday...day two with the dynamic duo was just as fun as day one! We covered nearly the same amount of miles but saw different topography such as marshes and waterways. We crossed a spectacular causeway onto Jekyll Island. As we stopped to take some photos at the midway point, Joel thought it would be funny to take one of me then another as if I had fallen over the edge while snapping a shot. What is the verdict? One of the most amusing things of the day that kept us occupied on those long stretches is the hand signals that Joel and Stefan came up with to warn the riders in the rear of gravel, ruts, bumps, dead animals, live birds etc. Stefan is a photographer and he had his camera mounted to his front handlebars. He took about 1,000 photos which he plans to make into a video which we can't wait to see. The hand gestures should be especially interesting!
Just under two weeks left to go but we have so much to look forward to such as a stay in Joel's Mom's time share in Daytona, visits with friends Liz and John in New Smyrna Beach, Cathy and Steve in Melbourne, and the Kennedys in Wellington near West Palm. Then Pam and Bruce join us for the ride from Miami to Key West! Finally, can't wait to see Deb Finnegan and Walt and Kelly at the Parrot Key Resort for those final play days!