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Diversity July 12

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.

Name those trees?

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

Tim had a friend, too! (Not advertising for either Garmin or Geico!)

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.

5 thoughts on “Diversity July 12

  1. Dave T

    Those appear to be Spanish Moss trees if I’m not mistaken…nice long ride…86 miles…not bad! You’re not stopping in Disney??

    1. Tim Bishop

      Thanks Dave. We have seen many more of these trees, which give the flavor of relaxation. Yes, we were surprised to see we had arrived on the doorstep of Disney. The traffic flow out of the area attested to the attraction. We soon found our way to less traveled areas.

  2. Steve

    Debbie – you should know by now that the only way to get Tim up “early” is to whisper “potato picking time”!!

    1. Debbie Bishop Post author

      Hi Steve,
      Now, the key to getting Tim up in the early morning is whispering in his ear, “they have oatmeal at breakfast”…who would’ve thunk- he would get out of bed at 5:30 a.m. to bike!
      Hope we see you when we make to Maryland!
      In Joy,

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