Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Day One Hundred-eight, 090616 - Crescent Bch, FL

Day One Hundred Eight, Date Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Time in Saddle: 4:16
Distance for the Day: 48.54 miles From Daytona Beach To Crescent Beach, FL
Accumulated Trip Distance: 5001.02 miles
Altitudes: Starting/Ending 5’/5’, Highest: 161’ Accumulated: 354’
Speeds: Avg: 11.3 mph, Max: 27.7 mph
Weather: 74° high humidity, thunderstorms and rain in the afternoon/evening
Expenditures: $37

Got up while it was still dark at 5:30am, broke camp and went next door to Dunkin Donuts for bagel and choco drink ($4), and read my book. When the bike shop opened, I purchased two tires to replace the worn-out front ones and installed them ($27); had the shop guy help me with readjusting the tie rod, and I also bought a couple more QuickPatch kits ($8). I met and spoke w/Ken who pulled up because he saw my trike – he also has a Trice trike, so we chatted about options you can install which help you have more gears and greater leverage, etc. I continued north from Daytona Beach, up along the Florida coastline. It was a little warmer than I would have liked, but otherwise, it was a very pleasant ride, going past condos and resorts along a *really* long beach. I stopped several times for more cold drinks ($6), and by the end of day at 6pm, the weather looked pretty bad with lots of thunderstorm activity on the way. I found an unoccupied house for sale with an open carport at about 6:30pm (N29 45.454’ W81 14.988’) – I could have continued on, but this looked good, so I hung out and read until dark, hung up my hammock, and went to sleep. Unfortunately, ever the optimist, I hung it in an exposed side of the carport thinking the weather had gotten better and would stay that way. Of course, around midnight, the lightning flashes started up, again, so I moved my hammock to a more protected area under the carport. The storm hit, and the rain and wind and lightning came and went, but by then I was back in bed, sans a little bit more blood from the mosquitoes. I’d heard that NASA decided to try to launch the shuttle tomorrow morning at around 5:45am. I resolved to at least get up to see if I could see it from where I was. It was a waterfront property, so I could walk out onto its pier and have an unobstructed view of the south.


Michael said...

Don, the lizard in your photo looks like a species of anole. We have lots of them in Houston. Males display the red throat patch in an effort to attract a mate.

obi_donkenobi said...

Hi Michael: Thanks for that info. Yeah, I've never seen anything like it before (the red throat patch). It's pretty amazing. ;-Don