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What was in the water at the cheap motel?? We woke up at 6:30 am and we all seemed to be feeling pretty good once we got on bikes. Once we started pedaling, we started hitting speeds of 15 and 16 mph when we usually average 10-12 mph. We got lucky with a tail wind and a super smooth newly paved road surface. Before 9:30am, we had peeled off 25 miles!
As we cruised into a town, the Beast caught sight of a used book store and all the pedaling came to a screeching halt. You see, our e-reader bit the dust when Frankenbutt’s waterproof electronics bag “jumped” off his handle bars during a particularly bumpy stint. Frankenbutt decided to stay “amped up” with a 7-11 Coffee while the Beast found 2 books that would “hold her over” until she found the books she really wanted.
With book safely stowed and the coffee cup emptied, we hit the road again, with the hopes of hitting a Century (100 miles in one day) today. About 25 miles later, we stopped at a bike shop to pick up a replacement spare tube. Did I mention that Frankenbutt got a flat yesterday? He stowed the spare, while the Beast and I ran into Dunkin Donuts for breakfast sandwiches and a Gatorade.
Back on the bikes and again, we got lucky with a tail wind and sweet roads! We stayed on Route 1 North all the way into Daytona and stopped at the Harley Davidson complex for some hand thrown pizza. With 50+ miles under our belts, we continued north on Route 1 and soon found ourselves in a desolate area that oddly had a cool bike path. We rode along side by side making stupid jokes and laughing until the sidewalk ended.
Fresh tube in and bike reassembled, we hit the road for some heavy duty riding in rush hour traffic. Of course, the bike lane ended and we had to ride on the thin white line for a few miles since there wasn’t a reasonable sidewalk either. Finally, we got to Route 16, turned towards the hotel and the traffic slowed. We enjoyed the last few miles and realized that we’d have to ride past the hotel if we wanted to make our Century. None of us felt like riding any further than we had to.