Love to ride. My common response when people observe on a sunny day that it's "a nice day for a ride" is to say that everyday is a nice day to ride. Few things, maybe nothing else, offer the same sense of freedom.
Yesterday, after getting my wheels trued at Bikes and More I rode to Lacrosse
check on the distance to the farm of acquaintances. It was a fine day;
sunny, puffy cumulus clouds and a high pressure breeze from the
southeast. As I rode north on State Route 231 I was reminded of the
roads of South Carolina where I had to share the road with drivers
because there was no shoulder and much like in SC I kept close to the
road's edge and drivers gave me plenty of room. In marked contrast,
both State Roads 235 and 121 offered wide shoulders for the return
trip. On the negative side, once I turned off of 235 onto 121, the
former pleasant breeze was in my face. <sigh> I was
reminded by this hot ride of one of the essential elements of riding in
Florida once the heat arrives. It is hard to hydrate too much.
Today, I was unable to resist a short trip along the fully paved Archer
Braid Trail. Never felt intimidated by riding the shoulder of Archer
Road (State Route 24), but the constant traffic conflicted with the
usual sense of freedom. Turning south onto SW 122nd or finally getting
to the convenience store in Archer was always a relief. Now, though,
it's a different experience where you can be an observer of drivers not
a participant in their world.
were more walkers than riders, especially in the wooded section
approaching Archer, and it was fine day for riding or walking.
Trail is now complete
except for minor matters at the Trail Head in Archer.
Yield signs and
"HWAY XING" markings have appeared at all significant intersections
suggesting that the county has taken control of the path.