from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.

5.10.2006

toe cramps, sport drinks and miles of florida flatland

the florida ms150 bike tour starts off in kendall (basically the super south side of miami) and winds through farmland in homestead and florida city until the tip of the peninsula, where the bike route moves onto us1 and card sound road, ending at john pennecamp state park. it’s about 65 miles of flat, rather monotonous land that’s pretty in its own way – until the sun heats it to a scorching degree. at the south tip of the florida peninsula, the scenery changes a bit with mangroves on either side of a still shadeless road.

2000 riders struck out starting just after 7:30am saturday. around 31 miles it seems that many of us hit tired and frustrated. but we pressed on and got our second and third winds thanks to multiple rest stops serving cold drinks along the way. it was noon when the first of our group reached the lunch spot (at 50 miles, i think). ridiculously salty pasta has never tasted so good.

crossing the finish line at pennecamp was exhilarating… and it didn’t hurt to have a welcoming committee armed with a cooler of cold beer.

what a great way to raise money for a worthy cause. lots of pics on this one.

4 Comments:

Blogger Cindy said...

Congrats on your ride. Hope your butt ain't achin' too much.

5/10/2006 12:01:00 PM

 
Blogger cocoa said...

yay! looks like you all had a blast.

5/10/2006 08:34:00 PM

 
Blogger cocoa said...

oops, sorry Amy. I meant to say "looks like y'all had a blast". ;)

5/10/2006 08:35:00 PM

 
Anonymous ilisa said...

I am so proud of you! Amazing, amazing, amazing. What an experience. Congrats!!

5/14/2006 10:23:00 PM

 

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