Farmland and forests very green part of Florida, grinding out the miles on a sunny day.
Fred took me in and fed me dinner and breakfast and gave me a bed to sleep in but more importantly than that gave me a sensei to grasshopper education regarding bicycle touring as he had done several tours and just happened to be the owner of the Crystal River Bike Shop named Surreys Sycles. he sent me away with spokes and tool after extensive lesson on spoke replacement and rim and spoke maintenance, a professional patch kit, perfectly fitting padded bike shorts, and even his own personal cornstarch dispenser for those times when baby powder just won’t do. I can’t thank you enough Fred, however thank you in advance for the many disasters you’ve already helped me avert that I totally was not aware of
Sunday morning started off with our waitress at breakfast telling us she had seen this on television after breakfast while riding up through Madeira Beach I had an escort from and Ohio Harley club beeping and waving flags,lot of people all day waving cheering very excited for me, got a police escort through traffic jam and over the bridge. met a great guy named Frank who save me from going to highway 19 and let me to the Pinellas trail system which was a fantastic ride much better than the highway. Jason rode with me most of the way to Palm Harborand we talked about the trials and tribulations he’s going through with his family going to diet going to vegetarian going back to meat, at the end he gave me all his power snacks and bought me some waters very nice guy thank you very much Jason.
Tour kicked off with my buds Jon and Guy from Trader Joe’s Naples. They have watched my transformation over the last year. My evening program was biking to the gym, swim and hit Trader Joe’s for my fresh fruit,veggies and their smaller portions of healthy food. I became such a regular that my friends started calling it my church because of my religious schedule.