Day 2-Paddle Florida Suwannee Festival

The rain was hard yesterday and had taken some snap out of the day but relented at dinner time. We were treated last night to local folk legend Tom Shed last night and he was great. 

The rain had stopped but it had gotten colder but we were to Paddle a 12 mile gem from Madison Blue Spring down the Witha lacoochee into the Suwannee River. 

Put in was beautiful like the featured image and busy. 

It was gray but the river was beautiful and Chris had been a great paddling partner. 

We went through a low Melvin’s Shoals without a hitch. The rain may have helped. This area is amazing. 

Another great weekend outdoor adventure. Peace out. Tres 

Paddle Florida Suwannee Festival

I set out to meet my buddy Chris Wilkerson in Monticello for lunch. He is paddling with me in the front of my handmade tandem kayak. Funniest guy I know. 

Monticello was a favorite of mine from C2C 2016 other rides too. They have a bike fest in May. 

We had a late great lunch at Tupelo Bakery and Cafe. Took away some gourmet cupcakes AND Tupelo honey. We drove down 90 just like I rode in C2C in 2016 to Suwannee River State Park and checked in and set up camp. This was the beautiful yesterday. 

I was able to get a swim in the spring near camp. 

We did an 8 mile paddle due to rain in the forecast. We did it in 1 3/4 hours. Pictures on my waterproof camera to follow. 

On to Live Oak for grouper sandwich and fried okra. Return with rain starting. Really came down hard. Good napping. Unsure of next plan due to weather. Hoping for clearing and paddling. Listening to Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Peace out Tres. 

Day 7-Bike Florida-Canaveral Seashore and Kennedy Launch site-28 miles

It was decided by the group a short but nice ride through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Canaveral Seashore. 

 It was a georgeous day with a nice tailwind to start. 

The visitor’s Center was great. 

We rode from there to see a big gator probably Chompy. 

The landscape was beautiful. 

The rocket assembly building at NASA Landing Facility. 

The wind got tough going out to the Seashore. 

The only rest stop of the day. 

The rest stop was a turn that got us out of the wind. 

Top of the bridge going back to Sand Point Park and Titusville. 

Bike Florida getting out of town. 

It was a great week due to the hospitality of Rich and Chrysa and all my C2C buds. Surprise blog tomorrow. Peace out. Tres

Day 6-Bike Florida-42 miles-Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Loop

The ride today was a change that allowed us to go through the wildlife refuge due to its cancellation due to weather a couple of days ago. A big bridge out of Sand Point Park. The gang up top. 

Down we went into the refuge. 

Don’t you know NASA was looking for me. 

It was another strong headwind into the refuge but it was beautiful. 

The first rest stop in the refuge brought us to here. Note the big, deep blue sky. 

Another fellow coastie from 2010, Joanne

We headed back out into the wind. 

Manatee viewing area. 

We finally got to turn out of the wind and headed for the rest stop at Scottsmoor Park. 

We were reunited with the bike trail we had been on the other day only further north. It was great. 

We were to do a small loop in Chain of Lakes but lunch called at Dixie Crossings, clam chowder and rock shrimp. Oh, Key lime pie. 

Hard to believe 34 miles tomorrow and Bike Florida is over. Rich and Chrysa made my week so special. The two on the far left. Always thankful for all my great friends and family. Peace out. Tres

Day 5-Bike Florida-60 miles-Titusville Loop

Bike Florida was back on and we had been told we could start at 9 am. We had decided on a route with a small variation. The headwind was full on at 15-20 mph right on the nose but it was beautiful. 

St Johns River. 

Rest stop at Swampy’s. On to Fort Christmas.

Lake Mills Park rest stop with the Niewald’s. 

More road. 

Rest stop at the Alibi. 

Beautiful scenery on the way in. 

After the last rest stop a bike trail. 

Downtown Titusville had designated bike lanes. 

Great big metric day. Peace out. Tres dog

Day 3-Bike Florida-73 mile loop ride to Mims and around

A plan of remote start at Nancy Cummings Park, 12 miles into the century ride to give us a flat country ride of 73 miles was the plan. Logistics was perfect except for the rain. We started out well intended. The Cophers pulling us south on US 1.

Robyn messing with the goats and kids. 

It started to rain about 5 miles into the ride and on came the raincoats. We went a little farther and had to duck into a c store for shelter. 

We decided to ride back to the park and Rich had a flat. We all got back to the rest stop OK. 

Tomorrow to be rainy and windy all day. 

Maybe tourist day. Peace out. Tres