We made it! 765 miles over 12 days, from Jacksonville to Key West and back to Miami. We rode through headwinds, tailwinds, sprinkles, downpours, horrendous traffic, open roads, dense cities, empty countrysides, brilliant sunshine, and dark night. We had to get off the bikes once to cry (fear and frustration) and once because we were laughing too hard to stay upright. We found out that we can ride harder and further than we imagined. We absolutely could not have accomplished this adventure without the help and support of these people:
- Our neighbors, Pat and Robert, for taking care of our house and our critters
- Tom’s parents, Mark and LuAnn, for tolerating Jarrard’s shenanigans
- Runkle Rick, for advice, coaching, and reassurance
- Kathryn and Ed, for their hospitality
- Matt and Palmer at Salt Creek Cycles
- Ron and Maureen at A1A Beachside Bicycle and Repair
- The cyclist who led us from River Road to the Cocoa bike shop
- Jacob and Eric at Village Cycle Shoppe
- Jesse at Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters
- The co-owner and mechanic (David?) at Key Largo Bike and Adventure Tours
Should every couple embark on a stress-filled, physically and emotionally demanding adventure for their honeymoon? Perhaps not, but it was the perfect way for us to celebrate our marriage. We learned to rely on each other in new ways and, surprisingly, only fought once (we were both exhausted after a 90-mile push through Miami).
Check back over the next few days for detailed day-by-day reports of the entire trip!