Monticello Bike Festival 2018-42 rolling miles

Great breakfast at the the bnb. Got away after a rousing rendition of the star spangled banner. 

We rolled out pretty quick. It was a beautiful morning and this part of North Florida has some rolling hills. A few pics. It was just so pretty. 

We turned onto a dairy road and it got nicer. 

We turned into what looked like a hunt club, Honey Lake Plantation, with stables and a church. The road was new and it was our first rest stop. 

I went away and it was already getting warmer.  More beautiful road. 

Another nice little rest stop. 

Snead’s Lake at the Aucilla River Wildlife Management Area. 

Some more great farms going into town. 

A great lunch of tuna salad at Tupelo’s Bakery and Cafe. Soft afternoon with a trip to a Mayhaw farm. Yes some jelly was purchased. Easy night and dinner at Rev Cafe. Maybe shrimp and grits. Peace out Namaste Tres dog. 

Monticello Bike Fest 2018

I had to work in Jacksonville and came over to Monticello after I finished and  checked in at the 1872 John Denham historic b’n’b. Great place. 

I checked in and the room was beautiful. 

I went to the Rev Cafe and had a great salad with some incredible chili with homemade corn muffins downtown in the heart of the historic downtown. I got my rider packet at the cafe. 

You may have seen this before. More tomorrow from the ride. Metric century. Peace out Namaste Tres dog

5 Boros NYC bike tour 

Up early with a plan to get on the route early. My hotel right on Ave of the Americas. I got away about 7:20 am before the first wave but the route closed down. I was a bit of tourist. Really neat. 

Got to Central Park and a lot of course marshals were getting their assignments. 

Jose Marti and Central Park. Viva Cuba!

Harlem. Blew the turn because I was early. Then the NYPD Ride marshals.

Madison Avenue Bridge and into Bronx.

Quickly out of the Bronx and onto FDR Drive. Dice tunnel with a highly slanted railroad tie. NYC roads not some of the smoothest

Up to Queensboro Bridge and into Queens. 

Great rest stop and out bound rollout. 


Out of Queens into Brooklyn. 

Was gray and everybody was wondering when the rain was going to come. 

Verrazano Narrows lower level to Staten Island. Wearing the SMBC colors. That’s Sarasota Manatee Bike Club. 

A Staten Island ferry ride to Manhattan and another 5 burritos in the books. Peace out Namaste Tres

5 Burros NYC Bike Tour

Gentle readers this Ruskin , Florida cyclist went to the big apple for his second 5 boros bike tour. A good flight to JFK and the Super Shuttle ride from hell to the garment district. A quick subway to Brooklyn to the bike expo. It was great. 

I saw the mechanic from RAGBRAI who lent me a $6500 Specialized Roubaix for 4 days and ended up fixing my Di2 on my Strong Bike, Nicholas. What a great young man. 

I got a pic of me with Manhattan in the background. 

Venue outside. 

I wanted to ride some the next day and headed for the Statue of Liberty Ferry. I went down the green designated greenway through Herald Square, Chelsea and Greenwich. 

I went by the 9/11 memorial park. Note the featured image is of the new single tower. One of the memorial pools. 

I went up and down the Hudson River Park bikeway it was busy and beautiful. 

I got down the ferry and it seemed that my rear tire was getting a slow leak. It appeared that I would need to get back to the barn where I could really fix it. The pier was cool. 

Back to the barn with a fix of bike and a lazy afternoon. 

Early Michelin rated Italian cuisine dinner around the corner. 32,000 ride buddies tomorrow. Peace out. Namaste Tres