I don’t know what to say about today. I woke up early, packed up my tent and gear, and waited for Ed to finish packing and loading his bike—a first for me. Yep. I’m upping my game, as we count down the last 5 days to the finish line. Ed and I rode together all day, and somehow, I was able to keep up with him.
The entire group was pedal to the metal, today, to cover our longest remaining daily distance—66 miles—while battling 15 – 20 mph headwinds. We cycled over mostly level and straight roads that passed through civilization only once, early in the day.
And did we stop at the convenience store in that little patch of civilization? You don’t even have to ask. Of course we did. Tom C and Erwin had already scoped it out and messaged us with news of fresh donuts. But these weren’t just ordinary donuts. They were maple frosted donuts with bacon on them—something else I had never tried before. Hmm hmm hmm. They were delicious! I was so busy devouring 2 of them, that I forgot to snap a photo of them, and they were truly photo worthy.
After buying an extra bottle of Gatorade to hold me over, in case I downed all 4 of my 23 oz water bottles, we were back on the road. The scenery was the same tall trees we have been seeing the last few days, when we haven’t been riding next to beaches, interspersed with river and swamp crossings.