Sunday, April 10, 2016

I'll Think Of A Reason Later (Country Western Song, Lee Ann Womack)

We just needed to get away from Miami. Anywhere would do. We picked Okeechobee, Florida.

Okeechobee is a quiet agricultural town on the northern edge of Lake Okeechobee. It is unpretentious and unsophisticated. Cattle graze a few hundred feet from our motel. Snowbirds fill RV resorts during the winter. The big sport here is fishing.

It is easy to access the longest paved segments of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (the L.O.S.T.) from Okeechobee. We checked into a motel near one of the L.O.S.T.'s access points. But from our motel we could also pedal over to the unpaved part of the trail.

It's mainly double track gravel. We aren't gravel grinders. To me, that is a faster more competitive ride. What we are is gravel ramblers.

Today we pedaled the double track until the grass got mid-calf high as we pedaled and pollen filled the air. We started to sneeze. We started to cough. We turned around and headed out of the grasses. We finished our ride on the paved trail, hopping off the trail when we got to the access point near our motel.

Even with too much pollen, it's all good on a double track ramble.