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.
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.
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.
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).