Well, I should really start with Day 60, because apparently I forgot to blog yesterday. It may have something to do with hydration. Anyway yesterday was the last time on this tour that we got the privilege of packing up our tents. From here on out its hotels. We woke up to a cool crisp morning in Ichetucknee Springs with just 50 miles to our destination in Gainesville. Rich and I, as has become custom, left early to find the elusive extremely large breakfast, which we found in High Springs about 20 miles out. Beautiful ride but being deficient on calories to burn I’d call the pace casual. Breakfast included pancakes. The pace following breakfast I’d call “mashing the pedals.” There’s a correlation there between ability to mash pedals and having pancakes for breakfast. Pancakes are a super-food to cyclists. If a cyclists ever stays with you, like if you open a bed and breakfast or something, give them pancakes for breakfast and they will know that you understand their inner core.
So we got to Gainesville very early before lunch with a few hours to kill before we could get into the hotel or before Babs would show up. It gave me the opportunity to buy a new Garmin at the bike shop as my last Cateye (cycling computer) basically drowned in the monsoon we rode through last week. Not knowing speed or distance while riding was driving me nuts. After the bike shop Rich and I had the opportunity to test out some of Gainesvilles downtown pubs and restaurants, who graciously helped us rehydrate after our hard morning ride. Hydration, as any cyclist knows, is best done with fine Ales, and if those ales are craft ales, then all the better. As was the case here. Of course this soon was followed up with a nap as soon as we got our hotel rooms later.
Now, on to today… we had a wonderful opportunity to meet with the good people at NAMI-Gainesville, who came out in force on this Friday morning to meet, greet, talk about what they do and what we are doing and to give us valuable contacts for our St. Augustine arrival. Terrie Mullin, NAMI President extraordinaire, has her people fired up here in Gainseville and we had a wonderful time!
And now announcing the first annual RTA Golf Championship. Rich, Mike and I (I’m Allen, btw) were the only entries but we had a great time. Rich took the trophy home, but I won’t share his score because it was too embarrassing for Mike and I since our scores were even higher! But it was a great way to relax, do something completely different than ride for a change and have a little fun.
Back on the bike tomorrow morning for Palatka. We welcome Rich’s good friend Ivan who will be riding with us. For the south Florida contingent, we’re a bit concerned as the predicted temperature at ride time is in the mid-40’s. To me that is so far beyond the limits of what I would ride in back home… yes, I am a wus. I don’t care.