I’m in Jacksonville resting for a day after having to backtrack several miles in the rain due to some sign trickery. I need to air out my tent from the rain at Hanna Campground so it doesn’t develop a mold problem. Unless it can dry out completely from direct sun there will be moisture to deal with. There hasn’t been that much direct sun lately but the sun has broken through the clouds now.
I bought a rain jacket a few weeks ago and yesterday was the first time I really needed to use it. It was great for about the first 30 minutes until I started to get hot from riding. Luckily the rain slowed down and I was able to remove it for a while. It does the job though, so I’ll hang onto it.
I’ve been monitoring the weather and rain seems to be in the forecast for awhile so I’ll probably have to plan on short jumps from spot to spot. As I move further north there will fewer and fewer spots to escape the rain. There are some long distances to be covered and from what I calculate, about 540 miles to my destination. I suspect there will be few places for Wi-Fi and cell service along the way.
My mattress money is running low so tomorrow I’ll look for some work and scout for sponsors. I have a feeling I’ll be needing to repair the crank on the bike. I can feel the bearings getting a little rough. In the ten years I’ve owned it, this will be the third time I’ve had to repair the bearings. There is just no way to inject grease into it to make it last longer without taking it all apart, and of course it takes special tools, which I don’t have, to do the job.
I was trying on new shoes at Walmart back when I was in Dunnellon and found a pair I liked. The price was right but I decided to wait until I find a pair that are truly waterproof. I got to thinking about my old shoes when I get new ones. I would have to throw them away. In a way I felt a little sad about that. I’ve never had a problem throwing out old shoes. But this time is different. The soles of my shoes now have the imprint of my pedals in them. They’ve transported me more than 1,260 miles over bridges, highways, roads, bike paths, fields, mud puddles, city streets, and state parks. Somehow I feel like I’d be leaving an old friend behind. They have served me well and to just throw them away kind of makes me feel ungrateful. I’m wondering if maybe that’s the real reason why I didn’t buy the new ones.