Well it's been a busy few weeks. Finished our vacation, drove home for two days, and right back to work, where two weeks of backlogged tasks and a computer problem welcomed me back. A corrupted external hard drive at home took a few evenings away as well. Anyways, I wanted to put up a few words about the rides I've taken since my last post.
06/27/11 - 37.62 Miles
I decided to ride a different part of A1A than last time. Part of it was a good choice, most of it wasn't. The very very southern tip of Merritt Island has a 4.5 mile stretch of road between the Indian and Banana Rivers, named Tropical Trail. There are quite nice homes along this route and it appears to be a former mango grove, as many people sell them roadside. Very low vehicle traffic. Quite perfect for riding, actually, except for it's short length. I did the ride and return and decided to head east to A1A and then south. A1A here was not like the A1A I enjoyed the first time. Four lanes, no bike lane, and morning rush hour in Indian Harbour Beach. It was quite unpleasant. It cleared up a bit past Indiatlantic, but my riding mood was ruined. I turned around fairly quickly and decided to do the Tropical Trail a second time. That was enough for today.
A peacock on Tropical Trail. No, it didn't attack me :)
07/01/11 70.16 Miles
Back to the safety of the section of A1A I rode the first day. I parked at the State Park again and set off north for about 16 miles before turning around and heading 32-33 miles south. The heat and humidity were the worst of the three rides I took. My favorite place in the world became the beach shower at Golden Sands Park.
I stopped there both ways to cool off, dunking my head under it. By the time I went over the inlet bridge I was only a few miles short of 70 so I rode past the car enough to reach it. As I was pulling up to the truck it starting raining lightly. It felt wonderful! Anyway - longest ride of the year so far, and the one that put me over 5,000 miles since I started riding in 2008. 20% of the way to my ultimate goal!
All in all, I was very very pleased with my bike riding experience in Florida and can't wait to do it again. If I happen to be here in the winter when it's cooler and I have my bike with me, I think I'll try for a 100-miler on A1A.
As with the first ride, I captured video of these as well. I have over ten hours of footage to get me through the awful basement bike-on-the-trainer rides when it's 4 degrees outside. 170 miles of Florida by bike :)
07/09/11 - 46.23 Miles
On what might have been the most perfect morning to ride this year, only Janet showed up for the JBC group ride. I was so happy to see her, as was she to see me. Going to a group ride only to ride alone sucks! We had a nice ride to Yorkville and back. I rode to the start point instead of driving so it was a decent mileage total overall.
RAGBRAI is in less than two weeks!!!!