I awoke at 1 am in my cozy room at the Knights Inn of Vero Beach. I was STARVING. So I ate the PB&J that Jackie had made me two days ago. And I drank a bike bottle of water. Then I passed out.
I awoke to daylight. What a strange sight after days of rain and clouds. I put on my WABA socks because it is WABA socks Wednesday.
Finally on the road at 9, I had only bicycling and manatees on my mind. The first order of business was to climb a bridge over the Indian River to the barrier island to the east. A hill and a headwind are no way to start the day.
I have had a headcold for a few days. Today the cold started to get better. I noticed that I was unusually thirsty. So I pedaled and drank while riding along the dunes. Unlike previous rides this week, I was not sandblasted. Don’t know why; don’t much care. The surf was raging once again.
Each time I crossed an inket or stream I checked for manatees and sea turtles. I saw none. I had to content myself with egrets and pelicans. There was some flooding on the road as well. I dodged crabs and little lizards as they skittered across the roadway.
I left the barrier island at Fort Pierce only to return a mile later.
From time to time I left the ride to ride on the bike trail along side.
The sun and my fading cold were dehydrating me so I stopped every 20 miles to drink a 32 ounce soda. Hey, they were only a buck.
Renee, an old friend from my college days, told me to look for manatees at power plants. I rode by this nuclear plant which also maintained a sea turtle sanctuary. Alas, no cool aquatic creatures were visible.
Once again I returned to the mainland for a short distance before returning again to the barrier islands. This time at Hobe Sound. The road was lined with banyan trees. Wow!
I left the route to follow the Google’s directions to my friend Renee’s house. 17 miles of biking in Florida’s rush hour traffic made me feel like I was in LA. It was not a lot of fun but I did happen to go by the new spring training facility of the Washington Nationals baseball team.
Before crashing for the night I made arrangements for lodging at the Hostels International hostel in Miami Beach tomorrow and for my train ride home.
An 83 mile day which brings me up to 1,700 miles.