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Day 1746, Cape Canaveral – Daytona Beach: 13 Years Later…

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Aug - 02 - 2015

Distance: 117.0 km
Ride time: 4:34:32
Average: 25.6 km/h
Max speed: 37.4 km/h
Total: 38573 km

After saying to goodbye to Frank and Dan I was cycling past the Kennedy Space Center as I got a flat tire. I had just passed a sign saying “Restricted area. Emergency stopping only”, but what could I do… I had only been fixing my tire for 5 minutes when a police car stopped. The officer turned out to be friendly enough – “Just checking up on you, take your time” he said. I even got directions for a bike store in the next town as I would need to buy a few new tubes.

I was doing good speed the whole day – in fact I think the last time my average speed was over 25 km/h was somewhere in Asia. When not cruising along in the steady tail wind I was stopping to wait out the thunder storms. We had quite a few of them today.

In Daytona beach, famous for it’s race track, I was going to meet Beata from Couchsurfing who had generously invited me to stay at her place. Beata turned out to be a really cool person. She also didn’t mind that I invited Dan over, who had been climbing towers the whole day. After all it was his birthday. Back in the summer of 2002 Dan had visited Copenhagen, also on his birthday, and we had celebrated with a dinner and a few beers in Nyhavn. Now we were repeating 13 years later!

A bit of cycling during the day and meeting super nice people in the evening – it doesn’t get better than that!

Categories: USA
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2 Responses so far.

  1. I’d say repairing a puncture is considered an emergency. 🙂 What a place to stop, though. Is that your new ride in the first photo? 🙂

  2. Yes Stephen… When I have one day cycled all around the world I will need new places to go 🙂