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Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Hank – I had breakfast at the restaurant that was connected to the hotel. Kathy made a peanut butter sandwich from our food supplies. I should’ve done the same. That had to be the saddest omelette I’ve ever had.

We headed south to Stuart to visit our friends Jim and Robyn Cataldo. We knew them from our time at Fairchild AFB and haven’t seen them in years. We had a great visit with them. Their son Tyler was a young boy that last time we saw him. He’s currently in his first year of college at the Florida Institute of Technology. And we got to meet the new additions to their family, Isaiah, Joshua, and Mateo, three brothers they adopted about 18 months ago and Robyn’s sister Kim. We had a great visit with them.

We grabbed some lunch after leaving the Cataldo family. I called the Jonathan Dickinson State Park, told them we were traveling by bicycle, and asked if they had any tent sites available. The ranger told that he’d fix us up with something as long as we arrived before dark. No problem. We did and he did so we’re camping out tonight. The sky is clear and it’s just warm/cool enough. Hopefully we sleep like babies tonight.

Kathy – Our hotel was not that great so I figured the restaurant attached to it would not be very good either. I am happy I skipped their breakfast this morning. My peanut butter and banana flatbread sandwich was perfect with my tea.

Our 39-mile ride today was a little on the warm side. Beautiful sunny day with a light wind and temps in the mid 80s. We had plenty of shoulder room to ride on. The non-stop traffic going by made for a noisy ride though. Maybe the roads were busy because people are possibly finishing up their Christmas shopping or traveling to family/friends homes for the holidays. We were a bit tired at the end of our ride, most likely due to all our sun exposure and not drinking enough water. We have pushed the fluids this evening to make up for it.

It was great to see the Cataldo Family today! We were hoping to meet up in Maryland but it didn’t work out. Jim recently took a job down here in Florida which is near Tyler’s college, and a few of Robyn and Jim’s family members. The plan is for Robyn and the three boys to move down once they work out the schools and selling their house up north. So it worked out in our favor that Robyn and the three boys just came to Florida yesterday for the holidays. I bought a few trinkets for the boys to play with. They are all cuties! Tyler is such a fantastic young man. Can’t believe how grown up he is. Kim (Robyn’s sister) is a nice gal. We spent a few hours chatting nonstop and catching up. We could have stayed much longer but we had to finish our riding for the day. It was a really nice visit with these wonderful people. Happy we were able to connect!

I’m nursing all my bug bites over the past few days. I must have at least 50 bites. According to my wonderful husband who read up on the bugs in Florida, they have 46 different species of the ‘no see-um’ bugs. Those tiny little creatures are hard to see but leave their mark. I may have a few other types of bug bites too. Yesterday as we rode we were covered in bugs, they were everywhere. You had to keep your mouth closed while riding…unless you needed a snack. It was disgusting. For some reason the bugs like me more than Hank. I have been spraying on this natural mist stuff that is supposed to keep the bugs at bay. Barbara gave me the spray in Savannah. It doesn’t seem to help, or maybe it is helping and I could have even more bites if I didn’t use it. Trying to keep hydrocortisone cream on to avoid itching them. Why do we have so many bugs in this world?#!*? I realize bug bites come with being outdoors so much, but it’s not my favorite of our adventures.

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A Two-Museum Day

Hank – I woke up at 4:30 am. That sounds like rain. Then the lightning and thunder started. I wondered how the dogs were faring. I was half awake and half dozing for a couple of hours. Mary made us a great breakfast. We chatted some more and then had to pack up and leave. I really hope they come through Spokane at some time while they’re touring so we can hang out some more.

Rob has a sailboat he’s working on and keeping at Honest John’s Fish Camp. He told us about an 8-foot alligator that the owner is trying to harass enough to make it move somewhere else. Kathy was not keen on seeing the 8-foot alligator so we skipped stopping by. A cool thing about the property is the original deed is signed by President Theodore Roosevelt.

There must be some good fishing at Sebastian Inlet. When we crossed the bridge we saw tons of people fishing on both sides. A bird of prey was sitting on a pole at the crest of the bridge. I got a photo right when it started to fly away.

Pressing onward on Hwy A1A we came up on the McLarty Treasure Museum. Way back in the early 18th century 11 or 12 Spanish ships carrying millions in gold and silver sank off shore near here. The museum has a lot of artifacts on display. There’s also a documentary about how salvagers discovered and recovered artifacts and treasure. We hung out there for almost an hour.

We stopped in Vero Beach for lunch at a place called Cravings. They had live music outside. I got the impression we were in a high end neighborhood. Everyone in sight looked like they were worth a million bucks.

When I first mapped out our route I notice the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum was along the way. First, I wondered why the museum was in Fort Pierce. Second, I knew we had to stop by. We met Dave, Hal, Andy, and Christoper who volunteer there. After hearing what we were up to they thought we were badass. Are you kidding me? Navy SEALS, man. Kathy and I checked out the museum. It takes you through the history of the SEAL Teams in reverse chronological order. All of the artifacts on display, boats, weapons, a helicopter, and more, were either actually used by SEAL Team members or were captured by them. We had a great visit. Before we left, Dave gave me a U.S. Navy coin. How cool is that? We meet the nicest people everywhere we go. We say our goodbyes and wished them all a Merry Christmas.

Oh, and why is the museum here? Because the training site for the Underwater Demolition Team, precursor to SEAL Teams, developed during WWII was here at Fort Pierce.

Rain was not in the forecast but it decided to show up anyway. A light rain started while we were at the museum. And when we left it increased in intensity. We only had seven miles to the hotel, which was only slightly more than a tent site at the KOA campground, and we were thoroughly soaked by the time we got there. We got everything dried out and did our laundry.

Kathy – Mary prepared an amazing breakfast of banana pancakes and maple bacon which we thoroughly enjoyed with our tea. We had a few more hours of wonderful conversations with Rob & Mary before we had to bid them goodbye. We could have spent much longer with  these amazing people but we had to press on with our travels. We are extremely grateful for all of Rob & Mary’s outstanding hospitality.

Today we cycled 44 miles with temps in the low 80’s. It was a cloudy day until our last seven miles where it rained nicely. We were pretty soaked by the time we got to our hotel tonight. We are limited for campsites in this area. We did find a KOA that was charging $50 to pitch a tent. We chose wisely and paid $10 more for a dry hotel room.

We stopped by two museums on the way to our destination today – Fort Pierce, Florida. Both of them were very interesting, but I must say the Navy UDT Seal Museum was quite spectacular. So many outstanding Navy Seal displays which included historical information. Not only was the inside of the museum fantastic, but outside there were so many artifacts that allowed us to increase our knowledge about the SEALs. We met some incredible people that work there too. They were interested in our bike trip but we were just fascinated by all that was there. This by far was an amazing museum. I was happy that Hank found it on the map and happy to meet the fine gentlemen who work there too.

It was a pretty relaxing ride today. I had lots of comments on my Christmas decorated bicycle. It is surprising just how cheap you can get a few Christmas decorations at Wally World. Most loved the Christmas tree on the back of my bike. It is all about being seen by the cars and if this helps all is good. Hank is somewhat of a bah-humbug and isn’t interested in any decoration on his bike. We are enjoying the warm weather. Only four more days before we fly back to cold, snowy Spokane for Christmas. 🎄

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