You really know when you're arriving Miami. The honks, the yelling, the fingers. My finger. The stress level rose a bit, but the weather stayed nice as we finished up our trip.
My legs are pretty sore and I am looking forward to at least a couple days of rest now that I am back home.
This trip has really done great things for me. I feel a lot more confident now as my trans-Americas trip aproaches. I think I've also got a great idea of what my gear needs are after being on the road for a week. And the 450 miles wasn't too bad for getting my legs ready for the big trip either. I am, however, thinking about the mountains. I have so little experience cycling mountains and I wonder just how heavy my bike is going to feel going up some monster inclines. The weather might also be something new to deal with as I might get some cold nights in Northern AK.
This week will be more about rested and ready, and getting more intimate with the mechanics of my bike so if anything happens along the desolate Dalton Highway, I'll have no troubles fixing them. I also need to get my ride greased up and in good condition for the start. I want to try to do most of it myself but I think I may have to get a mechanic to get the rear breaks working right, or at least show me.
I came home to great news. My SERVAS packet arrived. They must have really hustled up there in NY to get it to me in less than a week. I can't wait to start meeting some of the hosts along the way.
So, I am still fresh off the bike, so it's time for a nice warm shower.
Peace - Thanks for reading.
Total Miles for the trip: 450
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Pic: View of the Miami skyline from the Mac Arthur Causeway coming from Miami Beach.