Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Day Ninety-nine, 090607 - Miami, FL

Day Ninety-nine, Date Sunday, June 7, 2009
Time in Saddle: n/a
Distance for the Day: n/a
Accumulated Trip Distance: 4645.86
Altitudes: Starting/Ending n/a
Speeds: n/a
Weather: Hot, humid, thunderstorms in the afternoon
Expenditures: $34

Well! Got up at the leisurely hour of 7:30am in my wonderful hotel room (thank you, Cynthia!), and spent the morning doing laundry, recharging batteries (phone, camera, AA-cells), updating the blog, checking weather, planning the route up to the Kennedy Space Center, and contacting a few more Warmshowers people. The weather forecast for the next week is pretty much rainy, and while I’m totally willing to ride in rain for a few days, I notice things start to get kinda stinky, and not just clothes, either, but even the tent and sleeping bag, too – and that ain’t good. I continued working on the blog and updated it, read online news, and worked out the schedule of WS hosts for the next few days until checkout time (12pm). I washed my clothes the night before in the hotel room sink – you know, that’s okay for emergency situations, or if you’re really strapped for cash, but I think from now on, I’ll just use washers and dryers in Laundromats. It takes too long by hand, and probably doesn’t do as good a job, and isn’t worth the $1.50 for a machine wash. Oh, funny tidbit: I was watching the James Bond movie, “Casino Royale,” on the hotel tv’s HBO last night, and there was a scene where Bond went to the Miami Airport, and I’m just a few miles away from that airport. Well, *I* thought it was funny. I wanted to get some video of me riding my trike down the hotel’s hallways, but I ran short of time for the checkout deadline, and didn’t do it. Demitol! That would have been classic footage. I left the hotel at about 1pm, and thought I’d first find Art F’s home, which was theoretically only a few miles away. Good thing I did, too – the streets around this part of town are *very* confusing, with disconnected or offset segments of streets that have multiple or similar names (eg, “Ludlam Rd, aka SW 67th Ave,” or “SW 53rd St vs. SW 53rd Terr,” etc.) Wow. I bet map sales around this area is huge. Anyways, I did eventually find Art’s place, and he was home, so we chatted about cycling and Life on the road while he sliced up a couple of mangos (there’s a huge mango tree in the backyard, along with a pond in a pool and a chicken coop with half-a-dozen hens, and some vegetables growing). It’s “mango season,” and they get tons of ‘em. For the two days I was there, I must have eaten 3 or 4 of those sweet mini-footballs, myself. That evening, I went out to the movies to see the new 3-D Pixar film, “Up,” ($13 for the movie and $14 for popcorn/soda/M&Ms – yikes!) which was fun. Riding out to the theater complex, I made *sure* to use the simplest of routes, and to pay very close attention to how I got there, so I could be sure to get back. Getting lost in Coral Gables at night would be like trying to solve a Rubix Cube blindfolded. Coming back, I stopped at a mini mart to restock up on some trail mix and drinks.

2 comments:

stansellers said...

Great to see you continuing to venture out. Still trying to catch up with your blog. My computers back on line, saw the Star Trek movie- superb. Also two lates Stargate movies - excellente. New song I like- They Call Me The Breeze by JJ Cale. Old song- his version. Great pictures of NASA. Stan

obi_donkenobi said...

Hi Stan: Hey, *great* that you got to see the Star Trek movie. Read that book, "The War of Art." Makes me want to start playing my flute, again. Thanks! ;-Don