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.


Anonymous 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