Mile 45: Spirit of America Ride for Hydrocephalus Day 1 Recap

A friend once told me that nothing good happens without a few bumps along the way. That sums up day one of our cycling adventure on the Spirit of America Ride for Hydrocephalus. After a memorable farewell dinner that included sharing a bottle of 1998 Gattinara that Mary had been saving and toasted to great friendships and new adventures, we were ready to hit the road.  Day 1 was pretty uneventful until I blew the back tire. I got it fixed but I began to have a little trouble with the back brake. There is a bicycle shop up the road on our journey so I will have it checked out when we get there. Thankfully, we made it to our first campsite at the Withlacoochee River RV Park & Canoe Rental without further incident.


The campsite was much more interesting. The owners were nice people and the campground did supply everything their website promised. They had showers with hot water…in a very primitive style but still quite wonderful after a long day cycling. There was wi-fi…if you were standing right next to the office. Our neighbors for the evening consisted of a variety of four legged friends and fowl along with some two-legged party animals who didn’t seem nearly as interested in sleep as we were. Even the dogs, goats, chickens and rooster all seemed to be uncharacteristically nocturnal. We just rolled our eyes when a hoot owl joined in the melee and the noise just never seemed to stop.

Florida is downright steamy this time of year and we have had a lot of rain so the tent was hot. Our options were to sleep with the mosquitoes or try to get some sleep in a sweltering tent. We chose the tent. Withlacoochee River RV Park & Canoe Rental would be a great stop for a canoeing adventure but we would recommend an RV for camping…but be prepared for boisterous neighbors and noise.

Tomorrow is another day. We’re tired but anxious to see what this cycling journey has in store for us. It’s encouraging to have you following along on our 2500 mile ride and we’ll keep you up to date as often as we can.  We have already had some folks ask about donating to Hydrocephalus.  Hydrocephlus Association has set up a website for us. You can donate here and be confident that your transaction is secure and your privacy is respected.

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