Mile 101: Spirit of America Ride for Hydrocephalus Day 2 Recap
After a long night, we stopped in a McDonald’s close to our campsite to start Day 2 with an Egg McMuffin, some juice and a cup of coffee before taking the Spirit of America Ride onto the Withlacoochee State Trail. We ran into an older gentleman on the trail and chatted for a while before heading into Floral City to Hampton’s Trailside Bicycles to see about fixing my back brake only to find the shop boarded up with a sign that it was closed until Sept 26.
There was a park bench so we decided this was the perfect time to drink a Celsius and grab a snack. After our short break, just as we were getting ready to leave, a truck pulled up and Greg, the owner of the bike shop steps out. How’s that for luck changing?! Regis was a great guy. He opened his doors and fixed my brake but would not take any money. I gave him some Celsius to try for his next ride. His shop is right next to the Withlacoochee trail. Maybe he will decide to offer it to cyclists passing through his shop for the lasting energy Celsius offers on their trail rides. I am already noticing a difference with Celsius on this long distance ride. I told Mary we just came face to face with the Spirit of America. I look forward to meeting many more great people on the road ahead.
We got back on the trail but, after a while, I noticed my back break was still a little mushy. We decided to stop at a second bike shop in Inverness to see about a part for Mary’s cleats as well as check out that rear brake again. The young man at Suncoast Bicycle Shop was great. He adjusted the eyelet on my break. It was easy to see Scott Reinhart was a strong Christian, so by the time we left, all the God Blesses we heard had us feeling good. I could not resist giving him a couple of samples of Celsius too. It isn’t my intention to give away all our Celsius on the road but it just seemed like a cool thing to do. Mary and I were both feeling very blessed to have this opportunity to encounter the true Spirit of America.
As we ended day 2 and headed for our next campsite at Rainbow Springs State Park, we stopped at the Front Porch Restaurant and Pie Shop in Dunnellon. They served up the best fried chicken I have ever eaten. Mary says the pecan pie was dreamy as well.
Rainbow Springs State Park is one of our favorite places in Florida. The springs are crystal clear and beautiful. The campgrounds are immaculate and quiet. We finished day 2 looking forward a restful night’s sleep. From the very outset of our Spirit of America adventure, we’ve encountered challenges as well as great people and beautiful sights that have already inspired us and have us so looking forward to what lies ahead.