Well, made it through the first day. Wound up doing just a little over 20 miles/32 kilometers and spent the night at a Mom ‘n Pop motel in Baldwin, Florida at the end of the Jacksonville-Baldwin bike trail.
The room was not much to speak of, but it was clean, had a bed and the air conditioner worked.
Couldn’t ask for more.
As far as the bike goes, I had three issues yesterday. The seat came a little loose, which I tightened this morning.
I kept kicking the front fender when I mounted the bike and once managed to push it out of adjustment so that it rubbed the tire.
I fixed that on the road yesterday but am going to have to be conscious of avoiding that mistake in the future. The third issue was not a bike problem. Both RidewithGPS and Strava crapped out on me. RidewithGPS reported the entire ride, but the mileage was wrong and Strava just stopped along the way. I was disappointed, but what can you do?
I didn’t take many pictures yesterday- I was too focused on what was going on with the bike. I hope to do better today.
Yesterday was also a very short day at 20.2 miles/32 km. Urban riding accounted for much of that, and I just felt tired. I could have pressed on and made it to Mcclenny, about 10 miles/16 km down the road, but it is a busy two lane, dusk was approaching, and there was a big thunderstorm off to the south that didn’t look good (it ultimately never rained here, but there was a lot of thunder).
Today I plan to ride to Booker, FL, just a little over 40 miles away. I have an earlier start and won’t have spent five hours sorting and packing panniers.
Today’s weather is expected to be in the low 90s with intermittent rain this afternoon. It rained for about half an hour yesterday while I was riding- like being in a warm shower.