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    Day 1.151 – Springsteen Through the Monotony

    Macclenny (Florida) -> North of Kingsland (Georgia)
    Distance (km) : 100
    Time on bike : 4h 35m
    Brutto time: 08.15 – 19.00
    Avg : 21.7
    Max.speed: 32.2
    Total (km) : 48.894
    Altitude: 3 m
    Difficulty: 3 of 5

    Morning camp near Macclenny, Florida.

    It was one of the worst mornings I’ve ever had. The bug mayhem starts as soon as I venture out of the tent. The tiny flies are ALL OVER the place and follow me in huge swarms. Very, very frustrating. Though they don’t exactly bite me, it is nonetheless quite uncomfortable having them on my tongue, in my ear, down there, e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. Terrible morning.

    Breakfast on the road...

    I pass a sign saying “Library” in smalltown Bryceville on my way to Georgia, and decide to see if there’s any wifi around. Bingo. I spend some 4-5 hours in the a/c library, a tiny village library, quiet and perfect for doing a bit of WT updating. We’re small, but mighty, as the kind librarian told me.

    Bryceville Library, lunch's served!

    At some point a woman suddenly asks me Do you want me to go and make you a sandwich, darling?. Had this been a month ago, I’d have been dumbfounded, but I’ve come to learn that Americans are like this, extremely friendly, and I gladly accept her superkind offer. Honey, the woman, lives nearby and off she goes. 15 minutes later she’s back with a great sandwich, a Coke, a yoghurt, chips and all. How sweet it that! Having your lunch served in the public library by a foreign (and very lovely) woman. Thank you so much, Honey, for your little treat.

    You can buy this day here – and become a part of the WT Hall of Fame 🙂

    I feel totally happy when I leave the Bryceville Library at 3PM after the noon T-storms over northern Florida have drifted away. If I could change anything to make this moment better, I simply wouldn’t know what to do…

    I put on some Springsteen (something that has never happened before actually – just got a hold of The Boss recently, have never really listened to his music, but somehow feel that now, here in the US, is the time. For an hour or so, Mr. Springsteen guides me through the monotony of the pine tree landscape of north eastern Florida.

    River crossing near the Florida/Georgia border...

    In the afternoon I take a little shortcut on Interstate 95 (one of the big highways where cyclist are not welcome), which “saves” me around 8 miles. It’s tongue-in-cheek cycling, and, sure enough, after just 5 miles of pedalling on Hwy 95 the police stops me. This is the 5th or 6th time in the USA that this has happened and I’m getting used to the process. The officer just tells me that cyclings along the Interstate is not allowed, asks for my ID, and tells me to get off at the next turn-off. Okay, officer. Will do. (Would’ve turned off at the next exit anyway, just didn’t feel like going all the way around that lake on minor highways)

    In the early evening I set up camp behind a missionary church in Woodbine just north of the Florida/Georgia border (in Georgia). Mossie Hell yet again. It’s is a very peculiar feeling lying in my tent knowing that no one, absolutely no one, in the world knows where you are…

    On this day..

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    3 Responses to “Day 1.151 – Springsteen Through the Monotony”

    1. Suzie Says:

      Our family read the article in our local newspaper about your journey through our area and found it very interesting (your journey, we already know about our area, heh). I’m glad to know you received polite hospitality. If you come back this way please email me and our family will be happy to help you however we can. I’m sorry that you came through Florida during June however, that’s the worst possible time to see our state. The heat, humidity, bugs, snakes are at their worst. Spring and fall would be much better if you ever return. Your website is most fascinating. Take care.

    2. Suzie Says:

      P.S. Springsteen?! Yes, he’s very good but he’s from Joisy 🙂 How about listenin’ to native music while traveling through Florida and Georgia, son? Rob Thomas (of former Matchbox 20 fame) is a Floridian and fine musician, as is Scott Stapp (former Creed). For Country try Tim McGraw, who lived here for many years as a child though he doesn’t acknowledge us, he’s quite a talented musician, one of my faves. The country music group, Lady Antebellum, is from Jacksonville and also quite good. Those are a few of my favorites, there’s lots more.

    3. Nicolai Says:

      Hi Suzie…

      Thanks for the comment. I actually met a few people in Florida that told me they’d read about my journey but I was sure that they got things mixed up, since I never made any real interview or anything in Florida (apart from the countless roadside talks). What paper/magazine did you see the article in, Suzie? Would like to see it someday…

      Cheers, Nicolai

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