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December 16th, 2007 | categorizilation: all categories,USA (FLorida)

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Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 42mi
Average speed / 平均速度: 8.6mph
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 4h 57m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 1006mi (plus 266mi)
Ascent / 上り: negligible
Descent / 下り: negligible

Citrus groves, rain, then headwinds. That’s the boring part.

Orange groves on a big scale near Venus, Florida, USA Vanishing point near Palmdale, Florida, USA

The exciting part was that I was escorted into Sebring by Tiffany, girlfriend of Blue Lagoon Saloon part-owner Bob, and Tiffany was late for a wedding. Now, when she told me this, I figured that she must be in a hurry to get home and have a shower and do all those girl things that girls do before weddings. Ah, no. Fifteen minutes after arriving at the Blue Lagoon Saloon, Rus (27) and Lyn (21), two regulars at the Blue Lagoon Saloon bar and restaurant, were married there and then at a table in the restaurant.

Marriage ceremony at a bar in Sebring, Florida, USA

I kid you not. The happy couple popped open a bottle of champagne after the ceremony, and it was all official.

A wedding at a bar in Sebring, Florida, USA A wedding at a bar in Sebring, Florida, USA

Rus and Lyn had met in the Blue Lagoon Saloon three months earlier, and so they thought it appropriate that they should be legally married there. Lyn’s sister was the one to officiate the wedding. She is a notary public, and therefore has the power to make these things happen. Pretty original! I wish Lyn and Rus all the best.

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Comment by lynn — December 18, 2007 @ 2:15 pm | post a comment

Hey, this is Lynn from the above mentioned wedding, and I just wanted to thank rob for making us part of his LONG journey around the world. thanks for the pics and be safe. MUAH

Comment by Rach Callander — December 18, 2007 @ 3:05 pm | post a comment

hey Rob!!

Man these updates are awesome! What a cool story…

love rach

Comment by Aunty Jenny — December 18, 2007 @ 4:34 pm | post a comment

Hey Rob, loving your pics and stories of your journey. I think you are going to meet up with some very cool people over there. Americans are known for their hospitality, especially down south. Nigel and I are hoping to get over there sometime next year, so I am really enjoying hearing about your experiences. Hows the skateboard holding out? No more cracks appearing or did you get that all fixed up?

Comment by Aunty Les — December 19, 2007 @ 12:10 am | post a comment

So, were you invited to the wedding feast or didn't they have one?

Comment by Rob Thomson — December 19, 2007 @ 8:29 am | post a comment

Aunty Jenny, the skateboard is holding up at the moment, which is good. I had the deck replaced in London.

Aunty Les, there was no wedding feast. Well, if you wanted to eat, you were welcome to order food from the bar!

Comment by Mum — December 19, 2007 @ 5:09 pm | post a comment

So guys and gals you don't have to spend a fortune on THE WEDDING. Great to see some young people not spending up (or borrowing) up large to celebrate just the beginning of life together.

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