Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 26.3 miles
Average speed / 平均速度: 9.7mph
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 2h 46m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 1166mi (plus 266mi)
Ascent / 上り: negligible
Descent / 下り: negligible
End-of-day GPS coordinates: oops, forgot
Thank you to Patrick McInnis and his family for the greatly entertaining stay last night. Nick and Hannah are very into magic tricks. they both had a few tricks that had me completely baffled. Luckily I had a couple up my sleeve that had them equally baffled.
From left: Nick, Rob, Patrick, Colleen (back), Hannah, Connor
The McInnis’s place is a lake-front property in Springhill. At least, it used to be. As with many other lakes in central Florida, for the last few years they have been receeding, to the point where many people who once were able to swim from private docks, now find their docks high and dry. This phenomenon is nothing new, apparently, with lakes drying up in cycles of about seven years.
It was smooth skating along the wide shoulders of US19 all the way to the Homosassa Wildlife Management Area where I stopped for the night. I must say thank you to Bones Bearings for supplying me with some super fast and smooth Bones Swiss ceramic bearings. The difference between my old steel bearings and these suckers is immediately noticeable. They roll much longer, and feel much smoother. Time will tell if they are indeed more durable than their steel counterparts which lasted 1,350 miles (with three cleanings and re-greasings).
Also, at last I had the opportunity to try out my new tent, donated by Carlos from Key Largo. Much smaller than my last tent that I used on the Asia leg of my trip, this little MSR tent is more like a framed bivvy bag than anything else. It is roomy enough however, and is well worth the weight savings over a larger tent.
I started the day with a mild headache and sore legs, however these ailments subsided as I skated through the day. Started reading the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. The book was given to me by Eric in Tampa. Interesting read so far…