This article is the second half of
my vacation while in Stuart Florida. See the previous article for the
story of my rides during the first half of my vacation.
We were fortunate to be invited by
Bob and his family to spend a couple days with them in Stuart on the east
coast of Florida. Thanks again to Jan and Bud for opening their home to
Bike Ride Wednesday Mar 30, 2005
Bob had already gone on a few bike rides earlier in the week before we
arrived. Again, Stuart is a good place to ride bikes, they have nice
sidewalks and have allowed space for a bike lane in some of the
intermediate as well as quite busy roads.
On this first ride I did with Bob we
got up relatively early and headed out before everyone else was moving.
We rode through the downtown Stuart area and we also rode along the main
very busy road with all the shopping on both sides. I certainly donít
know my way around this area, so I canít give a good account of exactly
where we rode.
We did stop for breakfast at Aliceís
and we sat outside in plastic chairs at a plastic table with all the local
retirees and a few local salesmen avoiding work. They had a nice
breakfast special consisting of eggs, french toast and hash browns. As
usual we both had diet Coke or Pepsi with our meals.
While Iím thinking about it I am
going to skip off topic for a moment to talk about the trip across state
on Tuesday. To get from Sanibel to Stuart you need to cut almost directly
across the state. The problem is there is a large lake, Lake Okeechobee,
right in the middle. I researched and it appeared going below the Lake
was the quickest route. We were past the Lake and just starting to head
north when we came across an unannounced road closure. We had to double
back and let Garmin guide us back on course. While we were on the detour
we were driving along a fairly main road that had a large irrigation canal
along our right side. I happened be sitting in the passenger seat while
Diane was driving and I notice a rather large alligator sitting on the
opposite bank of the canal. Diane pulled off up ahead and turned back to
see if we could find the gator again, everyone wanted to see a wild
gator. Not only did we find that gator but we ended up seeing many more
as we slowly made our way along this road. I took quite a few pictures of
the gators and I will share them with a few other
from this trip.
After our breakfast Bob and I rode
around town a bit more before heading back to join everyone else. We
estimate we rode for about 20 miles this day.
When we arrived in Stuart Bob
presented me with a very nice gift. Apparently the popularity of the
Rochester Hills PCT Bicycle Club has caught on big time on the east cost
of Florida. Bob found a store selling PCT Bike Club hats and bought one
for the both of us. I canít even begin to explain the proud feeling that
swelled up inside me when Bob gave me this attractive baseball cap. I
have included a few pictures of the hat. Later in the week when we were
out shopping we ran across this same hat in one of the local stores. If
our club had an attorney I would probably consult with them to see what
kind of action we might be able to take against the company that is
producing and selling these hats without our permission. So, keep your
eyes open the hats may soon be showing up in a store near you.
Bike Ride Thursday March 31, 2005
One of the things we really enjoy doing while in Stuart is playing
tennis on the clay courts in the Clarkís community. We planned to play a
lot of tennis on Thursday so Bob and I werenít sure if we would have time
to get in another ride. Come Thursday morning Bob suggest another ride
and I was ready in minutes. We left a little bit later and planned to do
a bit shorter ride than the day before to make sure allowed enough time
Again, we rode around the area and
this day we ended up stopping at a relatively new place for a late
breakfast or early lunch. I donít remember the name of the place but was
a small place with straw umbrellas at each table outside. The tables and
chairs were made out of tubular wood kind of like bamboo. The place
definitely had the feel of a tropical resort. We were the only ones there
at the time and we each ordered sandwiches. I ordered a breakfast type
sandwich that came in two burrito wraps. Bob had a more traditional
sandwich, I think his was called the Key West, but I canít remember what
was in it. We each got a can of diet Pepsi from their cooler. I had
never experience stale pop until this day. The pop was cold but it tasted
horrible. I tried to drink it but I just couldnít, I threw half of my can
away. Bob checked the date on the bottom of the can and it said best if
consumed before Nov. 2004. We pointed out the fact that their pop was
stale and the lady working there was very apologetic and gave us our money
back for the pops.
After this meal we rode around a bit
more and then headed back for tennis. We estimate we rode for about 15
miles this day. Check out this
for some of our pictures from the trip to Stuart.