Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 22.7 miles
Average speed / 平均速度: 7.6 mph
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 3h 00m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 788 miles (plus 266 miles)
Ascent / 上り: negligible
Descent / 下り: negligible
I think I slept about two hours last night. In about ten minute intervals. I could only sleep in the foetal position (not comfortable for me), and the ants/noseeums were biting all night. In the morning ants were all through my backpack, trying to get into my food bag.
Lesson learned: Don’t sleep under the Indian Key Channel Bridge.
As a result, today’s skating was tough stuff. Construction along the US1 highway didn’t help. Had to walk 2 miles. No, that doesn’t count towards the world record.
But I did meet some great guys at a kite-surfing/skate shop in Islamorada. I hope they email me with the name of the store. We had a chat for a few minutes while I waited for the rain to stop.
Chris, the guy in the middle, is originally from Mexico, and has contacts there and in Texas. He offered to help out with people to stay with when I got to that area. Thanks Chris!
From Islamorada to Key Largo, there is fairly major road construction going on, and I didn’t feel safe skating on the highway. This meant an hour long walk along the side of the road over rough gravel.
Coming into Key Largo, however, things improved a little, with a rough cycle path appearing.
Once in Key Larog I called Amy, a friend of Janet from the Scout Troop from two days ago. Janet had called her to let her know that I would be coming through Key Largo. Amy was happy to hear from me, and we arranged for me to stay the night at her family’s home. After an hour skate through Key Largo (a very long town) I arrived and met Amy and her family.
Amy is a part-time nurse in Miami. She works three days a week, so makes the 60 mile drive to Miami and stays there for the three days she works, then drives back to Key Largo for her days off. Her husband, Jack, is a marine supply wholesaler in Key Largo, and services mainly the powerboat industry here. Their two daughters are in middle school and high school. Their house is comfortably homely. Papers, magazines, and books lie in neat piles on tables. Megan and Erin, the daughters, arrive home from school and head straight for the pantry for an afternoon snack. Today’s was pre-made Chinese-style boiled wantons. A healthy snack by all apprearances. Later in the evening, Megan pulls out the Wii. The next generation of gaming machines, apparently. I’d never heard of the thing. Out of the loop, I guess.
Jack treated me to some great local food at Mrs Mac’s Restaurant. I chose the Monday Special – the meat loaf. A plate filled almost to overflowing with meat loaf, mashed potato, and green beans. Very good indeed. The walls of Mrs Mac’s were covered with licence plates from all over the country. I thought the Iranian licence plate I found on the road in Turkey would have fit in quite nicely.
Thank you Jack!