Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Day One Hundred-seven, 090615 - Daytona Beach, FL

Day One Hundred Seven, Date Monday, June 15, 2009
Time in Saddle: 6:17
Distance for the Day: 72.15 miles From Cape Canaveral, FL To Daytona Beach, FL
Accumulated Trip Distance: 4952.48 miles
Altitudes: Starting/Ending 0’/58’, Highest: 78’ Accumulated:1260’
Speeds: Avg: 11.4 mph, Max: 23.1 mph
Weather: 75°, partly cloudy w/large cumulous forming in the PM but no thunderstorms
Expenditures: $26

8:15am getting ready to leave Kim D’s; thought seriously about waiting to see if the shuttle launch would happen on Wed, but decided the odds didn’t look good, so decided to push on. I thanked Kim for hosting me, she took off for work, and I took off for the road. Before leaving town, I stopped off at PO ($4 for envelope and postage) to send home the touristy pictures they took of me at the Kennedy Space Center ($20). I got food for breakfast and liquids for the road ($10) drink. At 9:10am the temperature was warm and humid, mid-70s w/80% humidity. On the way north, I passed by the KSC again, and further on, came across the Astronaut Hall of Fame which was a few miles away from the main KSC complex, but actually a part of it. My ticket still worked, so I entered and spent from about 11:30pm to 2pm looking at all the many exhibits about the first astronauts, their missions, their lives, ships, spacesuits, foods, etc. I took a ride on their centrifuge and got a little queasy; got a choco bar ($2). By the afternoon, it had gotten quite warm, cloudy, very humid, with lots of large cumulus-nimbus clouds around. I stopped twice to avoid rain – once at 2:30pm and waited 15 minutes, and again at 3:45pm, where I stopped at Subway to eat ($7) in the town of Mims, somewhere north of Titusville, FL. At 5:59pm, mile 4935.6, the starboard front tire got a flat (#16 for the trip, from a somewhat large wire that managed to penetrate Mr. Tuffy), so I stopped for about 20 mins to fix it. At 7:08pm stopped at for drinks ($3.50). I found a bike shop in Daytona Beach at about 8pm, checked out the space behind it, and it seemed suitable for a stealth camp (N29 8.676’ W80 59.273’). I set up behind it, and read my book until it got too dark to read. There was a Dunkin Donuts shop next door, and the people there would sometimes open and slam their dumpster, but that didn’t bug me, and my presence apparently didn’t bother them, either. I would get up early, hang out at Dunkin Donuts next door, and wait until the bike shop opened. I managed to avoid two rainstorms, today, but the third one got me. I rigged my trike for rain; put on my mostly useless raingear (I get wet no matter what), but was able to get mostly dry, again, except my shoes and socks. My trike dealer Steve left me a message because he found out from my blog that the port side tie rod on my trike’s steering system got bent, and he said that that would cause my tires to mis-align and cause them to wear out very fast, and that was why I was at a bike shop, to get a pair of new front tires! I called him up, and he gave me instructions and options on how to fix the situation. I read my book until it got too dark, and then went to sleep.

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