Melbourne Beach

Hank – We had breakfast at the dining facility on base. (My youngest brother and Mike, a good friend of mine, both retired Air Force, chastised me for calling the chow hall a chow hall.) The price was definitely right. For ten bucks we both had a very good breakfast. There weren’t very many people there at 8:00 am, or should I say 0800 hours, and I was surprised at how many of them were not active duty military. After breakfast we walked along the water’s edge. The base security forces have a couple of boats presumably for patrolling the waters.

We had a short day scheduled. There aren’t many campgrounds within the next 50 miles and the few that are there are all booked up. So I reached out to a Warm Showers host and Rob and Mary we’re happy to take us in. They had driven by us on the road yesterday and had they not been on a mission they would have stopped to chat with us. We only had 24 miles to their house. Given the short distance that should be an easy ride. Nope. The 15-20 mph headwinds decided to make it a little more challenging. So we had that going for us all day.

A cyclist connected with us along the way. Robert Lovisa lives in Maryland. He had come down to Orlando to help a friend and he brought his road bike along. Today he drove over to Hwy A1A to get some miles in. He has done several tours so we had plenty to talk about. He also joined us when we stopped for ice cream and we chatted some more. After that he took off to finish his ride.

We stopped at a county park on the beach to take a break in the early afternoon. The wind was really whipping up the waves and they were crashing on the beach. It was relaxing.

We covered the last few miles to Rob and Mary’s house. They were very welcoming. We met Belle and Daisy, their two giant and gentle Newfoundland dogs, who are super sweet. Adopted dogs of the day! Rob and Mary have toured down to Key West and they’ve done the Great Allegheny Passage. Mary treated us to a fantastic meal and we shared stories into the night. They hope to tour from Seattle to their home here and we told them they were welcome to stay at our house in Spokane should they come through there.

Kathy – Mother Nature made our ‘easy’ ride today one we had to work for. The temps were in the high 70’s with 100% humidity. We were hot but the strong headwinds not only cooled us off but also slowed us down tremendously. We were both happy to be done with the ride today.

We had a nice shoulder the entire way and/or a nice bike path next to the road. We meet some really kind and interesting people along the way today. But the absolute best part of today was spending time with our new friends Rob & Mary. Talk about excellent host, they are the cream of the crop. They not only welcomed us into their beautiful home, but Mary prepared an amazing dinner for us. We stayed up really late chatting too much. Rob & Mary are true gems. We really hit it off with them and hope they will come to Spokane sometime so we can return the hospitality and show them around on some of our wonderful bike trails. We are grateful for the kindness of strangers, or should I say our new found friends. Rob & Mary really are amazing people and we are thankful to have had time with them and really hope our paths meet again in the future. 💗

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  1. Newfies are the best. We miss ours. Wet mouth. You are meeting some amazing people.


    1. Yes, we’ve been meeting wonderful people everywhere we go. It’s the best part of this adventure.


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