We had about 65 miles to conquer on US 70 to get from Arcadia to Okeechobee. Nothing but cows and orange fields in between, except for the junction of Highway 27 and US 70 right in the middle of these miles. It was a long uneventful ride to the midpoint. We arrived thirsty, tired, and overheated. The sun was blasting down on us once again and we were facing our first major headwinds of the trip. We ended up resting a few hours under the shaded porch of a cirtrus market and snacked on some fresh squeezed OJ and BBQed pork sandwitch (BBQ shack next door). We napped amongst the sounds of loud semi-trucks of the busy intersection. We dreaded going back out there in that sun. It just wouldn't let up! We were getting delirious and giddy from the heat, but we had to push on. So, we continued East on 70 and the second half was even worse! The sun wasn't too bad, but the winds kept us moving at a paltry 8-10 mph. This is where I started to learn more about the mental part of touring. Sure, it was tought on the legs, but it was even tougher on the mind. All that pedaling and you don't seem to be going anywhere! We arrived at the city of Okeechobee which is just North of the famous lake that shares the same name.
I made first contact with the parents since the start and spoke to my mom, who had been worried (unsurprisingly). We cruised through the city and then headed down towards Lake Okeechobee. It was me and Mike's first time seeing the enormous body of water. It was such a beautiful sight. Much prettier than I imagined. After a good look and a few pictures, we rode along US 441 near the lake and checked out the po-dunk towns along the way. The area was a lot more agricultural than I expected. Lots of cow ranches and tree farms, people living in trailers. I expected to see a lot of upscale homes taking advantage of the view, but that wasn't the case. It seemed pretty poor and run down overall, but there was lots of beauty around, which made it very cool. We finally made it tro Bob's Big Bass RV park and campgrounds as it became dark with 83 miles on the day. Tomorrow we head SE on US 710. We hope to make it to West Palm where we may possibly get a roof over our heads at my friend Billy's house.
Peace - Thanks for reading!
Pic: Orange groves around Lake Okeechobee.