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    Southwest Florida BikeForums//CGOAB meet up: Caloosahatchee Regional Park,Fort Myers.

    I am cycling up from Naples,Fl. Another/Mike is cycling down from Bradenton.

    The campground is great. See you there Sunday afternoon//for just one night 12-5..

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    We have three people on board so far...

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    UPDATE...David is driving down from St Simons Island to meet up with Mike in Bradenton. They will leave Sat mid morning12/4 and bicycle to Acadia//Peace River campground. They will leave Arcadia mid Sunday morning and arrive @ Caloosahatchee Regional park in North Fort Myers mid afternoon. I will leave early Sunday am from Naples,Fl to meet up with Mike and David..Glenn C Coryea

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    Recap of trip coming soon..Glenn

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    Update on way..Having to work too hard to pay Santa..Too tired

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    Mike will post recap...Thanx,Mike

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    Recap of the meetup as experienced from one of the participants (David). Even given all the bad luck in many ways it was still a memorable trip in which we all learned something.

    Hope you enjoy........Mike

    Wow guys what an experience,



    As most of you know I went on a bicycle ride this past week. For many years
    I had been thinking that my dream was to do a long distance un-supported
    ride on bicycle. I had been looking in Crazy Guy on a Bicycle web site for
    some time and I found a guy who was organizing a ride in south Florida. I
    joined up!



    I took off by car for Bradenton Florida last Thursday. I researched the
    weather and found that the projected forecast indicated 75 degree days and
    50-degree nights. I packed a tent, one pair of long pants and a long sleeve
    shirt to sleep in. No sleeping bag. I borrowed a foam-sleeping mat. With
    the other necessities I figured I was “set to go”.



    I met Mike at his house on Friday and we took off for Arcadia FL
    on Saturday Morning at 9:00 AM. We waited and started that late because it
    was cold. This was a round about route of 59 miles selected by Mike. A
    bridge was out so we avoided a few miles and went 48 miles instead.



    As you can imagine I got a bit tired and about 8 miles from the end I was
    starting to develop “recumbent foot” (burning of the foot) I removed my
    right leg from the SPD pedals and my foot hit the road. Being on a delta
    trike, my foot bent back and I wound up twisting and running over my own
    foot. OUCH!!! Immediate huge swollen ankle.



    I made it to Peace River Camp Ground and Mike and I checked in and set up
    the tents. We decided we wanted a couple of beers and were too tired to go
    into town for supper, so we went to the front store and bought 4 beers and
    something to eat. Two hours later I could not find my wallet. (I lost all
    my ID, credit cards, and about $600.00 cash)



    Dinner was fun. Mike and I exchanged information and histories and had a
    few drinks. We started getting ready for sleep at about dark and both of my
    flashlights went dead after 3 minutes. Mike loaned me one of his.



    A couple of 24 year olds came over and informed us they were having a party
    and asked for understanding if they got loud. By 9:00 PM I could not sleep
    because of the cold, noise from the road and fretting over the wallet. Mike
    and I went over and joined the party (FSU Grads)....(I'm a Gator) until 10:00pm. Made for some great conversation. The party went on until
    5:00 AM and the temperature was in the 30s. I was COLD



    Mike loaned me some money but I had no ID or access to any other funds. For the
    first time in many years I felt a little vulnerable. Being older may be the
    reason; I do not seem to remember feeling that way in my youth.



    The next morning my ankle was non-existent from swelling and the wind was
    out of the southwest and cold. We fought the wind all the way to
    Caloosahatchee River State Park trying to stay ahead of the rain. (45 miles) We were lucky, and it did not
    rain until we arrived so we were able to get under cover by the rest room. We were both looking forward to a warm shower when the park ranger informed us the water to the inside (hot showers) were not working. We ended up showering at one of the outside showers that only had cold water. Needless to say it was a quick shower!



    Another great night of supper, drinks and conversation before bed and a
    somewhat restless sleep on the very thin and hard mat. The guy that set up
    this event had bike mechanical problems and was unable to attend.



    We left the next morning facing a very hard and cold head wind. Speeds were
    barely 10 mph.

    We made it back to Arcadia at about 2:00pm and Mike treated me to lunch at
    Pizza hut. OH MAN WAS IT GOOD. We rode another 11 miles and camped in a
    cemetery in the middle of a cow pasture. I set up my tent, went inside and
    never came out. I was hurting and cold. Mike brought me his small camp
    cooking stove and we went to bed. It got down to 27 degrees and I froze all
    night. By 1:00 AM I was sitting by the camp cook stove shivering. I was
    wearing all my clothes and still……It brought back Army times



    After getting all the ice off the tent and packing up Mike left just after daybreak and I waited until 9:00 when the sun had
    warmed my tent enough to keep me from shivering. Again, I was pedaling into
    a very strong head wind out of the west.



    I stopped at a small Jiffy store at the cross roads of Myakka City to get
    warm and rest. The folks there were staring at me and after some talk I
    convinced them I was not a bum or drunk. They said I looked like I “just
    got out of a ditch”. I stayed about 10 minutes and left early because I did
    not feel welcome.



    I went straight into Bradenton on highway 70, more dangerous but direct
    route. ( sorry, I cheated )



    After a long hot shower at Mikes house, he took me to a store and filled my
    car with gas for the trip back.



    Thanks Mike


    Yes, I’ll try it again when my new credit cards come in, my swelling goes
    down, and I start feeling better005.jpg010.jpg

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    Man I don't know what to say other than if you didn't have bad luck you would not have any luck at all...Great story though.
    Glad you are not discouraged.
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    I would have thrown in the towel twice over and called for a ride home...... I'm a WIMP.... It is one of those stories you will be proud of in the future.
    "If you see me walking, my bike is busted!!"
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    Mike and David are both planning there next tour.
    Last edited by France; 01-07-11 at 01:18 PM.

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