Today was a long ride. Since we are now in the Eastern Time Zone the sun doesn’t rise until about 7:45. So we took off in the dark to a restaurant the was supposed to open at 7:30. Problem – today is Saturday and that restaurant doesn’t open until 10:30 on the weekend. So back to McDonald’s again.
We hit the road a little after 8:00 a.m. for this long journey. Counting today we have 3 more days of riding. Where did the time go?
Today the weather started out in the 50s and the temperature never got out of the 60s . At the start it was cool even with my rain coat on. One of the good thing about today was we had a 5 to 8 mph tail wind. At times we were hitting 20 mph and in a 5 mile stretch we averaged 17 mph. It can’t get any better than that.
After rest stop 2 we stopped at the Blue Hole Springs. This spring has an average temperature of 72 degrees, has a water discharge of 67 million gallon of water per day and has an Aquatic cave length of 580 feet. We were surprised by it since no one seemed to know much about it.
The roads were fairly good until we reach highway 441 at which time they became bad due to so road construction. The shoulder, where we normally ride, was rough and potted so it forced us to ride in the traffic lane. We hate to do that but the shoulder was too dangerous to ride on.
Night we are staying at Fellowship Church, in their gym. The gym has 3 very nice showers which helped us recover from this long day.