I was at Grayton Beach, Florida last weekend for a family reunion. I decided at the last minute to take Kemo Sabe, my rigid MTB. I'm glad I did as it was a perfect place for a casual morning ride on the plentiful bike paths and traffic-free side streets in the area.
I headed out just after sunrise Saturday for a little over 2 hours of riding in Grayton Beach and nearby Watercolor, Seaside and Santa Rosa Beach. The bike paths were nice, but I was happier on the empty streets of the upper crust planned communities that dotted the area.
The rigid MTB with semi-slick 2" wide tires, riser bars and sprung Brooks saddle was perfect for a relaxing ride in this area. I had no computer on the bike so I don't know how far or how fast I rode. Don't much care either.
The views of the beach, bay and neighborhoods were great. It is a shame that on our late afternoon beach walk we saw the dreaded arrival of the tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. I hate to think what this will mean for the thriving economy of the area.