Married life is such a blessing, especially when your husband listens to your suggestions! Leaving early in the morning has always been a desire of mine on our bike trips and today was just that—an early start. The alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. and we pulled out of our Best Western hotel at 7:00 after a delicious and nutritious breakfast. I think Tim actually woke up around 11:00 a.m. when we were ready for lunch. It is amazing how automatic bike riding can be!
People and canines have been extremely friendly today. No halt dog spray was needed along our route. As a matter of fact, for a brief moment, I was ready to become a dog owner after this little puppy befriended us outside of Fort Meade this morning. A friendly guy recommended a place to lunch this afternoon. Then when we were leaving town, he shouted out to us to check to see how it was! Now that is small town caring.
Life on the road today was full of diversity on many fronts. We went through some rather posh areas and then immediately went through some seedy surroundings. The contrast was visible in the land, the homes, and even the automobiles. Central Florida is a bit of a mixed bag of people, places, and ideas. Fenced in yards guarding nothing of value, run-down mobile homes, and then extravagant homes and mega-condominium complexes with golf courses on site scatter the land. Disney World is seemingly advertised on every street corner and in every hotel and restaurant as we settle in for the night in Kissimmee.
And, of course, it rained again today, but we didn’t mind. We were at our eighty-mile point
when a few drops started falling. It cooled us down and kept us going for another six miles before we called it quits for the day. We would have continued biking but we were bombarded with services we couldn’t resist. A cheap motel and a close-by restaurant and we are good to go for tomorrow.