Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Fruitland Park, FL to Gainesville, FL (~60 mi / 97 km)
We slept in and were on the road by about 7:45. It was already hot. But I think that we packed up at a record pace because the devil mosquitoes were eating us. (What is their purpose in the food chain?)
Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Where is the coffee?
We stopped at a Panera in the Villages: yes the wonderful retirement community. There were more golf carts in the parking lot than cars. Seriously. Coffee was the goal.
It was hot.
Highway 441 has many rolling hills. Which in theory is nice, but when on a bike with at least 25 pounds of gear and a backpack with 3 liters of water and a ukulele it is tough.
The morning was uneventful.
We found a nice little church north of Ocala and chilled out for a few hours. It must have looked sort of strange: we pitched our tent to dry it out in the sun with other random things that were soaked from last night’s rain and then we had our bikes unloaded the shade with us napping and reading for 3 hours.
It was nice. We decided to get back on the road about 4:45. The heat seemed to have dissipated some.
We were still 30 some miles from Gainesville. I kept on thinking of the YouTube video David after the dentist: will it be like this forever?
The hills were devastating and so was the heat. Every thing I swear was uphill.
We had to stop a lot.
Nathan’s brother, Sam’s friend Joel (follow that…Sam’s friend, Joel) is a bike rider and asked how many miles per hour we were averaging…like 20? No, we are in over our heads. More like 9 hopefully 10 miles an hour.
It took us seemingly forever to get to Gainesville.
We left Fruitland Park at 7:20 am and arrived in Gainesville at about 9 pm. It was awesome seeing old favorite places in my old collegiate stomping grounds, but I was too dead tired to appreciate much of anything.
We arrived at Sam’s apartment to applause and a little laughter. Apparently we looked a bit loaded down.