Sunday, October 12, 2008

Florida

















Currently in St. Augustine Florida, 8878 miles into the trip.
Spent the day riding through Southern Georgia and riding along Florida's Northeastern coast. Lonely beaches, windy (note my trailer flag above while I was on a ferry), rainy and rough surf. This afternoon I had a chance to walk around St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S. Founded by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine became a Spanish stronghold in Florida.
Juan Ponce de Leon of Spain is credited with discovering Florida in 1513, although many believe the English first sailed along the Florida coast in the late 1400's and the French also were believed to have established settlements prior to the Spanish. Neither the English or the French discoveries were well documented and as a result Spain is credited with Florida's discovery. Native Americans were living in the area for centuries before the Europeans.
Meet the "coolest dog" around on the St. Augustine Square (pictured above). He was part of a one-man blues playing band.
Had another flat on the bike today. One flat in over 8600 miles then three in the next 100 miles!!!!! Tomorrow, I will need to go to a bike shop for new tubes and a new tire.
I am now in the final phase of the journey, with Florida being the last state I will ride through. I am about 600 miles away from Key West, but don't plan on arriving until the end of the month. I also need to ride another 1200+ miles to fulfill my personal committment of riding 10,000+ miles. Iwill likely spend some time criss-crossing the state to visit friends with my route being determined on a daily basis. Not sure where I will head tomorrow other than to a local bike shop. It is raining very hard currently so I may just stay in St. Augustine.
Hope everyone had a great weekend.



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