And the Adventure Continues.....
Thursday, May 31, 2007
I met Rick Cowley and his wife Cathy on the Mobile Bay Ferry. They invited me to dinner at their vacation home on Dauphin Island. Rick cooked up some shish kabobs on the grill, while Cathy whipped up some homemade cherry tarts. Their son Trent is the musician who has promised to write a song about my journey. Savannah (daughter) and her boyfriend Bryce cackled on the deck, I thought there were 10 people out there. Brittany, Trents girlfriend, kept seeing bears and wants to pack up and go home. A great night and a good meal....thanks for everything.
Mary and Marsha were on the Ferry also. They used to rent a vacation home with their friends on the beach each year, then got a group of people together and built one of their own.
Onward and out of Florida
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Pensacola, almost out of Florida
Palm Tiki Wood Sculpture by Charlie at Gulf Breeze, FL
I was riding by Palm Tiki on Hwy 98 and saw Charlie with his chain saw working on a log. I stopped to say hello and take a look at the big sculpture in the picture above. It is from one piece of wood, Charlie says he's been working on it for 5 years. When he's not working, he's out surfing. I told him what I was doing and he made a donation to the cause....thanks Charlie.
If you need a wood sculpture, call him at 850-934-6803.
Daily regimen and stats
Longest distance in a day: 66 miles
Total distance: About 650 miles....my cyclometer went down, but it's working again
Start Blood Pressure: 137/87 (this was when I started the trip)
Start Resting Heart Rate: 80 bpm (same as above)
Average speed for last 24 hours of pedaling: 11.0 mph
Top speed cruising with the wind: 20 mph
Top speed down hill: 30 mph, not enough of the downhills
Bugs eaten: 14
Bugs snorted: 1
The picture above is my morning regimen:
600mg Ibuprofen - don't need it anymore
1 scoop amino acid supplement mixed with 24oz. water
2 multi vitamin/herb supplements
2 Glucosamine Sulfate: for the joints
3 Grape seed extract: helps against the sun
1 antihistimine: only when traveling where there are lots of bugs
Monday, May 28, 2007
Rich and Tony
I stayed at the Pine Log Campground near Ebro, FL last night. It is not bike friendly AT ALL. The camping area was 2 miles back on a sandy dirt road. After struggling for the first mile, nearly going down several times, Rich and Tony were drove by in their truck and gave me a ride. I camped with them by the water. Thanks for your help.
Can anyone identify this flower (weed)?
Pics from Sunday, May 27th
These are a few days old, Newport Park Camp Ground
The park is run by Ed and Vivian Brown. It is clean and very well kept. Ed is a cancer survivor and Vivian was awesome. She let me do a load of laundry and gave me a ride to the store....thanks Ed and Vivian.
While I was there, met some new friends, filleted some mullet and had sushi (raw mullet...not bad)
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Ole bear with his honey
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Wakulla Springs, Apalachicola National Forest, Blountstown.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Menus accross America
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Mike (a familiar name).....McConnell, is this anyone you know?
Mike was hiking down the bike path on his way to Port Charlotte to do some snook fishing. As I approached he began waving a bananna to flag me down (an actual bananna). I stopped and he insisted I needed some potassium. I gave him a couple bucks and he blessed my bike to ensure it would give me safe passage to California. Mike is presently in the woods somewhere south of Cross City sipping on a beer.
P.S. He said he had walked from Oklahoma City, got me beat.
"Way down upon the Suwanee River"
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
The MILLER RESIDENCE
I was feeling good so I pushed on to Crystal River and I remembered my long lost fraternity brother, Craig Miller. Looked him up on Superpages on my PDA, and found Craig and Charlene Miller. Turns out he quit the Crystal River nuclear power plant and now has his dream job as a beer taster for Budweiser. Just kidding, loves his job at the plant, now for 15 years. He was just around the corner when I called and invited me to stay the night (saving me a hotel night, yippy). Kyle and Tanner are their two boys ages 6 and 7. Thanks for the hosptality, sorry about the snoring.
Johnny and Betsies boat sales
Joe, the ICEMAN
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I don't think the cows see cyclists too often
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Too late for this one
One of many reminders
The bridal suite
Two of the dozen or so chickens at the Inn
Historic Desert Inn
Saved this one crossing the road in Fort Drum
Friday, May 18, 2007
Okee's finer form of entertainment
Welcome to Okeechobee
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The WEIGH IN
Monday, May 14, 2007
This is a map of my planned path for the first 900 miles.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Is someone trying to tell me something?
It looks like the whole state is on fire. This is from the division of Forestry as of 6:00pm today. Tenative departure now Tuesday, May 15th. Come on RAIN.
Here is the link for the map:
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Great ride today, better sites
Monday, May 7, 2007
Picture of the Day
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Day of Rest - Cinco de Mayo
During my 40 mile trek through nothern Palm Beach county yesterday, I discovered my bike was badly in need of a tune up. I had to replace the pedals with some heavy duty ones. Greased up all components, adjusted the gears and spokes. Now she rides like new. I wonder if I should give my bike a name, any ideas?
Definition of Trek - The Adventure Begins
Function: intransitive verbInflected Form(s): trekked; trek·king
Etymology: Afrikaans, from Dutch trecken to pull, haul, migrate; akin to Old High German trechan to pull
1 chiefly South African a : to travel by ox wagon b : to migrate by ox wagon or in a train of such
2 : to make one's way arduously; broadly : JOURNEY - trek·ker noun
Thankfully, I will not have to travel by Ox Wagon. The picture above is from Costa Rica where Ox Carts are artfully painted. Which brings me to what I am actually using to get from North Palm Beach, Florida to San Diego, California. I have chosen a Navarra Safari bike which seems to be rugged enough (with modifications) to handly my 270# frame and 60# of gear.