Jacksonville Beach, FL : 32 miles
Man was it nice to have three days off! I feel like all my previous ailments have had time to heal. But I will say that not riding has also been really strange. I feel lazy and tired. Maybe it’s the smoke in the air and the lack of oxygen.
We rented a car and hauled the bikes down here to Jacksonville Beach, FL on Wednesday. Check out the smoke on the road! Really glad we didn’t ride through it. I’ve been keeping up with the GA Forestry Commission on Twitter to check the status of the wildfires. Hopefully the coming rain will help out.
Last night we had dinner at Mezza Luna (really great dinner, by the way) and the bartender was a cyclist. He told us to go check out Champion Cycling where we got some great tips and shared stories with Brian and the rest of the staff (thanks for the Camelbak bottles!). He told us to check out Ragtime, which was also delicious, and apparently their bartender is a cyclist too! Seems like the whole town is into cycling.
Now that we’re in Florida the roads are going to be a lot better. People here bike more frequently so the cars are used to seeing cyclists and know how to share the road. We did a warm up ride today to keep our legs in shape. Just a quick 32 miles up and down the beach (well, I bailed out at 22 to get some stuff done). And I’ve gotta tell you, we’ve got some great bike paths and lanes in our future starting tomorrow. The next/last 7 days should be a piece of cake!
To all of you out there following along, I challenge you to a 20 mile ride. It’s time to get off the computer and get on a bike! If we can do almost 1200 miles, you can do 20. It’s good for your community and your health. Send us some comments and pictures, best story gets a prize!