Dat 517 – USA (Florida): Sebring to a country club near Bloomingdale

Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 61mi / 99.2km
Average speed / 平均速度: 9.8mph / 15.7km/h
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 6h 18m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 1068mi (plus 266mi) / 1719km (plus 430km)
Ascent / 上り: negligible
Descent / 下り: negligible
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N27.52.549, E082.12.954

Look Mum! I’m in the paper again!
Kevin from the Newssun newspaper in Sebring has done an awesome job of summarising the last 1.5 years of my life. Thanks Kevin.

So I picked my copy of the Newssun in the morning, and it was a great start to an amazing day on the board. The longest day of skating in the US so far at 61 miles. Gentle ups and downs in the landscape plus no wind plus smooth roads. Just perfect.

Sweeping bend on the Avon Park Cut-off Road in Polk County, Florida, USA

My route today took me along highway 27 from Sebring to Avon Park, and then along the Avon Park Cut-Off road, along some more back roads, and then followed highway 640 all the way to near Bloomingdale. I passes more citrus groves, phosphorous mines, and was tooted at by the heavy phosphorous laden trucks that careened down the road.

Phosphorous mines near Pinecrest, Florida, USA

On mini-plateaus (if you can call them that), small settlements of houses appeared on each side of the road. Around the houses was…nothing. No fences, trees, driveways. Just grass. The houses looked as though they had just been plonked there in the middle of the section.

Houses out in the open on Lake Hendry Road, near Homeland, Florida, USA

My lovely cousin Rachel (www.callandergirl.co.nz) has asked a valid question. She asked if she could call my US cellphone (+1 305 484 0416) from New Zealand. The answer is YES! You can. I would recommend calling by Skype however. Should be a little cheaper for you. I still have to pay US$0.10 a minute to receive the call though (what’s up with that!?), so it might be a short call.

Also, Marco, a reader from Europe, recently said that he would appreciate my GPS coordinates so that he can follow me more easily. Thank you for the feedback, Marco, and you can see the end-of-day coordinates at the top of each post now. That is, you can see exactly where I was sleeping that night (to the nearest 5 metres or so).

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9 thoughts on “Dat 517 – USA (Florida): Sebring to a country club near Bloomingdale

  • Aunty Les

    Very interesting newspaper article. I see you are well set up for support links on your way across America. How come you have to pay to receive a cellphone call?

  • Jonny Reveley

    well done Rob, your determination is awesome. you can do it! Merry Christmas and a happy new year! I liked what you said in your article about the world being extraordinarily safe – nice and pretty true eh! God Bless



    did you know matt wait married erin (nee) hall last saturday? it was a cool wedding with few matty touches to it e.g. coaxing me to do a wee (facing away) for one of the bridal party shots!.

  • Rob Thomson Post author

    Kevin, unfortunately, cassette tape players are very few and far between these days. I am finding it hard to even find someone who has the necessary stuff to dub the tape into digital!

  • Rob Thomson Post author

    Dave, the very wide pictures are all, without exception, panorama pictures. For example the photos in this post are all at least ten portrait photos stitched together to form one photo. I really like these kinds of photos, as they give a great perspective of where I have been. More so than a normal photo.

    One other option would be to get a wide angle conversion lens for my camera, but these are very expensive, and would add weight to my pack.

    The fish-eye videos were taken with a small fish-eye lens attached to my camera. I lost this in Holland somewhere, so until I can find a similar one, I won't be able to take any more of the cool videos like in Europe.

    For example:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyvzYX5Vp-U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7oWbMELkMY