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January 7th, 2008 | categorizilation: all categories,USA (FLorida)

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Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 61.4 miles / 98.7km
Average speed / 平均速度: 9.9mph / 15.9km/h
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 6h 12m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 1476mi (plus 266mi) / 2375km (plus 430km)
Ascent / 上り: negligible
Descent / 下り: negligible
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N30.30.46.4, W085.24.43.5

What a difference a couple of days off makes. My legs were feeling strong again, I was relaxed and enjoying the scenery again. My skating style has matured slightly, with me realising that I don’t have to push as hard as I have been in the past. In the past I have pushed as though I was sprinting, trying to get every drop of speed out of the board with each push. I now sacrifice speed for endurance and take it easy. It makes a big difference in the long run.

It was misty until 10am today. A heavy mist than clings to the trees, hovers over the swamps.


As I was having a break at a petrol station, I met a New Zealand couple on their way across the US in a car. They were from Christchurch.

Had to take a massive detour off HWY 20, because of a lack of shoulders and heavy traffic. Smooth back road. Camped in the backyard of a church.

And what the hang is with this?! Piggly Wiggly This is a grocery store I came across today.

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Comment by Chris J — January 13, 2008 @ 10:06 am | post a comment

Hi Rob,

I can't believe that you are dealing with sub-zero temperatures and freezing there in Florida. Then again there was a unseasonal heat wave and tornados near my family's place in Wisconsin at that same time period. Very weird weather across much of the US this past week.

What? You have never heard of Piggly Wiggly?

Comment by wim harwig — January 13, 2008 @ 12:37 pm | post a comment

hello Rob,

Edmond Hillary died yesterday………

That newspaper-article made me read your blog immediately ! I wonder why…. ;-)

My condolences to all adventurous people from New Zealand.


Comment by Aunty Les — January 13, 2008 @ 7:32 pm | post a comment

Did you visit the Piggy Wiggly store? Sounds like that have some interesting stuff there.

Comment by Al — January 13, 2008 @ 8:47 pm | post a comment

Mr. Pig is one the last 'real' grocery stores. An institution in the South.

Comment by Mum — January 13, 2008 @ 10:06 pm | post a comment

It's a small, small world in the world of travel! There was an article recently in The Press about a US couple at a BBQ who were about to come to ChCh to work and met another US couple who had just come back from working in ChCh.

Comment by maki — January 14, 2008 @ 8:16 am | post a comment

I watched the news of Edmond Hillary in Japan too.I offer condolences to him.His brave feat gave a lot of people many dreams.

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