It drizzled on me the first day, so I was satisfied with 70 minutes and 9 miles, finishing soaking wet and with a pretty grungy bike, but fortunately a quick wash down of the bike at the bike washing station and a hot shower for me back at my motel and all was fine. The next day I avoided rain storms but the forest was wet of course and so was I after 10 miles and 80 minutes in the 95% humidity, but it was another wonderful ride through luscious scenery. And after another shower, I was ready for an afternoon at Silver Springs Nature Park.
The next day, as I drove to Cedar Key, I stopped in Inverness, Florida, and biked 23 miles on the Withlacoochee Trail and enjoyed the views of the lake...
The next 2 days were my final biking days on this trip, with rides of 23 and 19 miles on 2 sections of the Nature Coast State Trail. Here's a photo of the historic Suwannee River from the old railroad trestle near Fanning Springs, Florida.
It was a great trip. Besides participating in a volunteer trail project and 2 Road Scholar/Elderhostel programs (all of which are detailed earlier in this blog) I also managed to bike over 300 miles on this trip, the most miles I've ever accomplished on a vacation. Now I head back to Chicagoland with the hope that the weather there allows me to continue biking without a cold weather hiatus!