Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 34.3 miles
Average speed / 平均速度: 10.2mph
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 3h 21m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 1235mi (plus 266mi)
Ascent / 上り: negligible
Descent / 下り: negligible
End-of-day GPS coordinates: oops, forgot
Had I just been able to skate along US19, it would only have taken about one hour to get to Chiefland from Gulf Hammock. As it was, not being able to travel along US19 because of here being no shoulder, I had to take a 30 mile detour. It was well worth it however, with state park and beautiful forest.
Quiet spring-fed streams flowed beneath the road.
A ribbon of smooth black-top stretched out infront of me. Jolly nice indeed.
I arrived in Chiefland at around 1pm, and gave the two bikers I met yesterday a call on my cellphone. Not sure if they were actually serious about having me over (New Years eve – supposed to be a family time!), I hoped they would take the call.
To my delight, Skip had already left two voicemail messages on my phone, and when I called Bob, it seemed that they were very happy to have me over. 15 minutes later they were in town in Bob’s big pickup to pick me up. Skip and Bob the bikers – great guys.
Legendary hosts, I was treated to a great New Years feast with their families at Bob’s 5 acre property on the outskirts of Chiefland, and an awesome fireworks party afterwards.
Once again I am amazed at the hospitality complete strangers have shown me so far in the US. Bob and Skip have the adventurer’s spirit, and what a great night it was.
Factoid: Did you know that in the Levy County in Florida, in order to be able to purchase fireworks, a form must be signed stating that the intended use of the fireworks is to scare pests away from your property. I can tell you, we did some serious scaring of the pests! All in a very responsible manner of course…
Thank you so much to Skip, Bob, and their families for a wonderful start to 2008.
By the way, here’s how I spent last year’s Christmas and New Years:
It was a tad bit cooler last year in freezing Georgia!