Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Day of the Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise
Along A1A, Port Salerno, FL
September 12, 2023
 Following on to our beach day, Chris and I decided to head out on a bike ride through a local State Park that we have not visited in quite a while yesterday. 

It is a park that hosts a lot of wildlife and especially gopher tortoises. 

12 Mile Ride
Hobe Sound-Port Salerno, FL
September 12, 2023
We were not disappointed. 

I have been easing back into biking, since it has been almost a month since I have been seriously ridden due to the travel we have been doing. I feared that I had lost some of my endurance and stamina. I rode on Monday, alone, but kept it to about 12 miles and an hour. That was the plan for Chris and I--10-12 miles of about an hour. And that is what we did. 

We had an enjoyable ride spying a number of tortoises and a few snakes along with birds. 

It was an out and back ride. We rode to a point and then turned around to retrace out path. There were a few other bikers out riding on the beautiful September morning and the weather was perfect. I enjoyed the scene and of course riding with Chris. We did not quite make it to Cove Road Park, but I did not want to push Chris too hard. 

Amazingly, when it was complete, I had ridden exactly the same distance, to the hundredth of a mile, as the previous day. That almost never happens even when I ride the same route. 

Today is a boat day. The ocean is supposed to have waves of 4-6 feet, and so we will be staying in the intracoastal. 

September through November as some of the best months in South Florida. The ocean is still summertime warm and the temperatures begin to moderate. 

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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