I flew into Tampa this morning and my friend Dianne picked me up at the airport. We drove to her house and I put my bike together. We were on the bikes before noon! We headed one town over and met my cousin Kat at a cool little outdoor restaurant. We went in and ordered our food at the kitchen window and when it was ready someone hollered out my name through the screen door and I went back in and picked it up! We had luscious grouper sandwiches and the 3 of us split an order of fries...
Then we got on the Pinellas Trail, a beautiful paved rail trail that runs for about 40 miles. We only rode to the next town, Dunedin, which is a little destination in itself. There were quaint little shops and restaurants and a fishing pier... I had forgotten my camera at Dianne's house but Kat had hers and took some photos (but has not yet sent them to me). After Dunedin we headed out to a state park and rode the park perimeter road before seeing Kat back to her borrowed condo and riding back here. Only 27 miles today, but OK for a first day's ride.
Kat and I found out a couple of days ago that we were both going to be in the same area of Florida at the same time. And then Dianne tried to set up a rental deal to get her a bike, but none were available at the local bike shop... turns out there was one in the basement of the borrowed condo! How cool is that!? I expect we will get together with her a few more times before she leaves next week.
Dianne and I are going to ride our bikes, swim, play tennis, play Scrabble with a Scrabble club and go to the gym... and that's just in the first day and a half! I'll post the photos from today as soon as I get them.