Thursday, December 17, 2009

Things Dreams Are Made Of

You are going to get two entries today as I did not have internet yesterday. Yesterday (Wednesday the 16th of December) Rachel and I had a great time!!! We are both very optimistic about our cycling days, as far as how far we will be able to get in a certain amount of time…So funny. So Rachel and I wanted to cycle from The Little River Spring Park near the Suwanee River and then head 25 miles south and then east, past Ichetucknee Springs and through Fort White to Oleno State Park and back.

That is fine but we got started at 12 noon and it gets completely black by 6pm. We cycle an average of 10 miles an hour so we figured we would cycle there and back and be done by 5:30pm. What we did not take into account was the COLD or the fact that we would be taking breaks or the possibility of a serious head wind. All of these factors meant that we were in Fort White at 4pm, having gone about 22 miles. We knew the smart thing to do would be to head back but we both wanted to complete our day’s goal. We kept on for the remaining 8 miles to Olena State Park and on the way the dark crept up on us and the cold got worse. We laughed about our stupidity and then told each other that it was fun to bike at dusk….

We got to Olena State Park and ate dinner at which point it was around 5:30 and as we were eating we decided that we could get back to Fort White, about 9 miles away in hour and then try to get a ride back to our car about 12 miles away…We said a prayer that we would be able find a nice and non-scary person to give us a ride. By the time we started back to Fort White it was dark, I had reading light I wore…which as you can imagine did not help much and people blinded us with their brights. You guys, at the point we got back to Fort White it was cold and dark. This is a little “town” of 700 people, where they seem to roll up the sidewalks at 8pm. We stopped in a well lit gas station and then tried to figure out who we would ask to give us a ride. We are looking busted after the 41 miles we cycled and trying to straiten ourselves out so we do not look like psycho killers. Right at that point a fire truck pulls up and I tell Rachel that we should ask them if they know someone that might be able to give us a ride back to Branford.

They were two guys, late-30’s it looked like. Their names were David and Greg and they said yes ma'me in response to everything we said in a super sweet, respectful way with a southern accent. David said that he would call a friend to see if he could give us a ride, He walked around the corner on the phone with this friend and this is a direct quote “could you give them a ride because they are scared to death” We giggled because he was ad libbing; we were very nonchalant about asking for a ride…so sweet. His friend said he could come in thirty minutes and Dave told him he could borrow is truck to take us. They told us we could go right down the road and wait in the fire station for Hugh to come and give us a ride. It was great to have our prayer answered by two great guys. As we waited they fed us cookies that were dropped by from a family who were grateful for the house fire they put out the day before and the dog they revived in the process. We got our ride by Hugh who was equally as nice.

Things Rachel and I learned yesterday:

· It really does get dark at 6pm (who knew the weather channel was right)

· It makes it very difficult to see in the dark without lights

· Men who say “yes ma’ma” are so sweet.

· We love cookies after cycling for a long time

I am having a great time, the best in a while. Do not worry we are staying safe and seeing great parts of Florida.

Captains Log 12-17-09

We stayed the night at Rachel’s sister’s house in Jacksonville. She is great! She is an engineer for the government and she and her husband are leaving in two weeks to travel around the world for a year. They were super nice and Rachel and I thoroughly appreciated the shower.

Rachel and I learned from our folly yesterday and got on the road by 10:30. We went in this area that had tons of trees and farms etc… We went about 30 miles. It was probably the most beautiful scenery I have seen on a bike. It was a little windy but the sun cam out and shone on our faces, the leaves were falling and it had a smell of fall. We both said it did not feel like we were in Florida anymore. When we finished the rail trail in Baldwin we got on the road.

We are now in Flagler Beach FL. We drove here because we wanted to cycle A1A for about 50-60 miles tomorrow. We got into town around 4:30pm and were greeted by the rolling of oceans waves and blue as far as the eye could see. Flagler is a jewel of the coast. It has none of the huge development of New Smyrna, Clearwater, St.Augustine etc... there are still bungalows lining A1A, little shops and restaurants etc... We pulled into a little motel which was the cutest place ever right A1A. Si Casa? No is 4 bungalows in a row with plants and hammocks decorating their fronts and shaded by a trellis spanning the length of the bungalows roofs. You can hear the ocean from the door. I am so excited to be here and cycle tomorrow. We might get in some kayaking:)

If you had told me that I could have had a more perfect week and I would have said no. I mean everything up to now has not gone all right, but the feelings of peace and relaxation from being outside with my friend is indescribable. We have met great people and seen Florida in a way that is difficult in our fast moving cars. I feel like time has slowed down and although it has only been 4 days it feels like 2 weeks in a good way.


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