Today was officially the most miles I have ridden, including my “training”. I felt great though! I was able to get a good amount of sleep at the hotel and fill my belly with some good grub for free. Some things I am thankful for today:
During my ride, I only stopped a couple times and that was because the UV index was at 11 and I needed to reapply some sunscreen and because there were two breweries on my route.
First brewery stop was at Florida Keys Brewing Co. Had my traditional flight of beers so I could try out a few of them and it’s hard to say whether they were really good or if I had just rode my bike 30 miles. I am going to say they were pretty tasty as I met 2 guys from South Carolina who enjoyed their flights just as much and bought some to go beers as well.
Met up with those same guys at the next brewery a mile down the rode: Islamorado Beer Co. Had another flight here and enjoyed the beer and company just as much as the previous stop.
As I researched food to carry and eat during a bike tour, Cheese came up quite often. Now I have always refrigerated my cheese which I found out is correct and needed except for aged cheese which can be left out. So I bought some aged cheddar and had that and some salami the other night. What I am unsure of is how long the cheese and salami are going to be good for, because they were definitely baking in the heat. I ate some more of the salami last night and have not died yet, so that’s good, but threw away the remainder of them this morning. Any insight on how long you can go after opening aged cheese and salami?
The final thing I am grateful for today was a message from my pastor back home with a great bible verse that I feel like is going to be a constant verse for my trip. It comes from Psalms 23:3 – “He refreshed my soul. He guides me along the right path for His name’s sake.” For all the prayer warriors out there, tomorrow is an even longer day at around 67 miles. Pray for a tail wind!