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December 9th, 2007 | categorizilation: all categories,USA (FLorida)

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Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離:  28.9 miles
Average speed / 平均速度: 7.1 mph
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 4h 06m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 765 miles (plus 266 miles)
Ascent / 上り: negligible
Descent / 下り: negligible

Dry and flat with headwinds. Yes, the same as yesterday, more or less. I felt good in the morning after a good night’s sleep in the Castaway Cottage, and the Green Way cycle path out of Marathon was just what I needed in the morning. Sheltered on both sides and smooth ashphalt.

Green Way just out of Marathon, Florida, USA

Before heading out of Marathon, I stopped by Radio Shack to have a look at mobile phones. I am considering getting a prepaid cheapie for my time in the US, as payphones are scarce, and many people have been asking how they can contact me on the road. Of course, up until now, this website has been the easiest way to get a hold of me, but I get the feeling that a mobile phone could be useful here in the US. I didn’t get one today, but I did have a look at the options.

Net 10  seemed to have the best deal for someone like me. I’ll only be in the country for about four months, and only want a real cheap thing. However, if anyone reading this has any advice on phones, then please feel free to comment and let me know!

The long bridges continued today along side US1 Highway. Despite the headwinds, the surface was smooth, and I plugged on along the Keys.

Another long bridge in the Keys, Florida, USA

During the day I had to loosen the laces on my shoes all the way. I felt pressure on the bottom of my big toe joint, and I could feel the tell-tale heat of a forming blister. Taking the pressure off seemed to help, so I hope nothing bigger forms over the next few days.

By 5:30pm, I was shattered. I am definitely out of shape. Not even 30 miles logged today. There was nowhere to crash for the night except under a bridge. Cramped and noisy. Ugh.

Very uncomfortable sleeping spot under Channel #2 bridge, Florida Keys, USA

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Comment by Andrew C — December 13, 2007 @ 12:04 am | post a comment

How come your GPS is reading in miles now? Do they have different satellites pointed at the US that arent calibrated for metric?

Comment by Aunty Les — December 13, 2007 @ 3:56 pm | post a comment

I guess the road will be pretty flat right through Florida. Will you encounter any hills at all on your way to San Diego?

Comment by Kevin J. Shutt — December 13, 2007 @ 7:54 pm | post a comment

Rob can expect some rollers through central Florida, but nothing serious. I like the stats reading in miles! I look forward to meeting and interviewing you in Sebring, Rob. Kevin

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