So it has become a reality — I left at 8am on Sunday morning, not exactly sure of what to expect. Sure I had watched a ton of videos on YouTube. I had bought what was needed to make it happen. I roughly logged my trip out. Ok, ready, lets go — enough of the planning bullshit.
I had two criteria for the first day’s ride; a) I wanted to take the long way to Orlando and enjoy the scenery and b) it was calling for rain at 3pm, so I wanted to get to Orlando before the rain.
Just by way of background, by car, the trip would take 2.3 – 3 hours via I95 or Turnpike. I decided to start off by driving along the ocean north on A1A. Atlantic to Pacific trip. I drove up to Mar a Lago, My favorite boy, Trumps hotel in Palm Beach — about 30 minutes — and headed west towards Lake Okeechobee a hundred miles away. The idea was to head out to Orlando from there. Well, I fucked up. My GPS was set to go only in small towns and stay away from anything that smells like a highway. I hit every single small town for the next 200 miles. 8 hours later, I got to the hotel.
I will say that it was real interesting to see the middle of Florida. Normally I either go on the west coast – I75 or the east coast I-95. Rarely in the middle. Well, if your curious, their are a thousand farms, tons and tons of cattle — like who knew? I passed a hundred miles of orange groves — including the factory that makes Florida’s Best Orange Juice. I think they do offer factory tours there, but it was Sunday — next time.
So the good, the bad and the ugly.
The good: I love riding the bike. It just feels great to be on the road.
The bad: I was trying to escape the rain so I was in more of a rush than I wanted. My goal is not to get stressed about anything or chase anything.
The ugly: My butt hurt a bit. 7/10.
Last, I am collecting Beef Jerkey brands along the way. I will share the winner later.