Today really didn’t go as planned. The Topeak cadence/speed sensor we were waiting on didn’t exactly work with my bike. I’ll be getting in touch with the company, because a phone call to them from owner Garf Cooper at the ZenCog bike shop indicated that I might have gotten an older unit. Shame on someone.
So I spent much of the afternoon hanging around ZenCog instead of getting going. My schedule is set up to accommodate things like this happening, but it’s sort of disappointing to blow the first day of the ride. Garf and his crew are great folks to hang around with though, and I’d highly recommend ZenCog to anyone who has need of a bicycle shop in Jacksonville, Florida. It’s a real bike shop and I could tell over the several days I hung around there that Garf does right by his customers.
Here then is what I’m doing tomorrow. I’ll be up early to sort out the last packing of the panniers and loading of the bike. Sometime around nine I’ll head out and ride west through the environs of Jacksonville, pass under the I-295 beltway, and then pick up the Jacksonville – Baldwin rail trail. Past Baldwin, the trail ends and I’ll pick up US 90, the old two-lane main route west that was replaced by Interstate 10. I plan to stop for the day in Macclenny after cycling a bit more than 30 miles/50 km and stay for the night at an inexpensive motel at the freeway interchange south of town. That will give me a good chance to check over and adjust as needed my gear and the bike before I set out on a longer riding day on Wednesday.
As you can see, these miles are as flat is the proverbial parking lot. They should go by pretty quickly, but I’m still a little nervous about the impact of four fully loaded panniers. We’ll see.
I’m estimating four hours riding time making seven and a half miles an hour with a 15 minute break each hour. That should hopefully put me in Macclenny before the day really heats up.
This first week of the trip will get me by next weekend to Spring Hill, Florida where my sister Sue and her family live.
I’ll visit with them ’til early next week then head off for Key West. Back with you tomorrow.