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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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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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