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January 5th, 2008 | categorizilation: all categories,USA (FLorida)

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Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 7.8 miles / 12.6km
Average speed / 平均速度: 8.6mph / 12.6km/h
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 45 minutes
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 1414mi (plus 266mi) / 2276km (plus 430km)
Ascent / 上り: negligible
Descent / 下り: negligible
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N30.25.08.5, W084.34.20.1

There comes a time when my body says STOP! Physically and mentally, traveling, buy any means, is hard work. With a more stable life comes patterns, regularity. With traveling, every day is a new environment. Constant adjustment is required. Add to this up to 100km a day skateboarding with a loaded pack, and the body needs time off to recuperate. And I mean, really lie in bed all day. Do nothing. I isolate myself from people, and just rest.
I stumbled upon the perfect place to do this, at Hall’s Landing county camping ground. Hot showers, quiet, secluded area, open fire pits, trees, a lake view…and best of all, free. Not a dime needed.

Chilling out in my tent at Hall's Landing state campground, Lake Talquin, Florida, USA

Such great circumstances undoubtedly attract more than just your random tourist on a skateboard. While long-term stays are not allowed, the campground was a temporary home to a handful of drifters, not too dis-similar to myself.

Charles, a gentleman of about 50 years old, who moved with a slow shuffle from a childhood bout of Polio, and sporting a few titanium rods in his neck from spinal reconstruction after a 42 foot fall from a power pylon two years ago while at work, is cycling around the circumference of the US.

Lee, another guy in his late fourties, is between work, having worked in Australia, Alaska, South Africa, and other destinations around the world.

Rich, pictured below, has been helping out at the campground for the last few months, and has his own home entertainment center well and truly sorted out in his converted panel van.

Longterm camper at Hall's Landing state campground, Lake Talquin, Florida

So in all I spent two days at the camping ground – three nights. I was entertained by stories from lifetimes on the road. Stories from ‘Nam…

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Comment by Haidee — January 13, 2008 @ 5:50 am | post a comment

mmm rest thats also what i need, 2 days off now, yay!そのキャンプサイトはいいそうですね、帰り道の経由は北海道かな。時間があればぜひね。お待ちしております。

Comment by Aunty Les — January 13, 2008 @ 7:29 pm | post a comment

I see that you can get along reasonably fast on the skateboard. Pity it's so flat with no long slopes to roll down – but I guess that means there's no long slopes to trudge up.

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