I decided at about 2:00 p.m. yesterday that I needed a break, so I stopped for the day early and didn’t proceed on in to Florida as I’d originally planned. That will now happen this morning about ten minutes into my ride.
No real reason for the short day. I was just tired of being in the sun and my butt (pardon me, ladies) was sore. I have really been pushing things the last couple of weeks, and it was just time. The tipping point came when I discovered that all of my bike route planning apps had routed me a mile off to the west of the direct road I had been riding on to a parallel road that within a short distance turned into fine white sand that was completely unrideable on a bicycle because it was soft and about four inches/10 cm deep. So I had to backtrack and was not very happy about that.
A plus resulting from my decision was the opportunity to eat at a historic southern diner: Steffens, in Kingsland, Georgia where I spent the night. I had fried chicken livers for dinner and came back for breakfast this morning. Highly recommended if you are ever down this way.
I’ll camp at the Kathryn Abbey Hanna park east of Jacksonville, Florida tonight. A fifty mile/80 kilometer day. Piece of cake!