After a very refreshing day off in Englewood thanks to my Uncle John and Aunt Margaret's hospitality, we awoke on Sunday morning to very inhospitable and uncharacteristic freezing temps. We made our best effort to bundle up for an early start to Tampa but north winds gave us an extra challenge. Are we really still in Florida?! We seem to be attracting weird weather. I hope this trend doesn't follow us to California...
With a frustrating morning behind us we finally made it to a lovely and bikeable neighborhood north of Tampa - Temple Terrace - which has a very successful Safe Routes to School program. Jason Jackman, the SRTS coordinator for Hillsborough County, and Sharon Monahan, a local bike safety educator, led us on a tour of the neighborhood with a few other local advocates. Temple Terrace was great, but beyond that block of quiet neighborhood streets Tampa was an intimidating grid of multi-lane high-speed arterial avenues.
|Middle of Nowhere Florida|
|RASR, Manatee, and Tim|
|Mama and calf|
|Look close - those blobs are all manatees|
|County Road 346 into Micanopy, FL|
|RASR and Jane, Gayle, and Melinda|
Tonight Gayle and her husband Bruce are hosting us at their beautiful home in downtown Gainesville. Gayle and her bike friends prepared a gourmet dinner for us complete with appropriately-themed wine and excellent conversation. Thank you to all of our new Gainesville friends for making us feel so welcome, and especially to the Wheelers for opening their home to us!
And we still have another day and a half in this state. Tomorrow to Jacksonville and then we'll finally cross into Georgia.