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January 8th, 2008 | categorizilation: all categories,USA (FLorida)

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Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 49.7 miles / 80km
Average speed / 平均速度: 8.7mph / 14km/h
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 5h 42m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 1525mi (plus 266mi) / 2455km (plus 430km)
Ascent / 上り: +220m
Descent / 下り: -215m
End-of-day GPS coordinates: n/a

Another great smooth riding day, starting out with thick smoke fog.

Foggy start to the day along highway 20 near Ebro, Florida, USA

Hit some soft sand on a footpath and fell off my board. I wasn’t going very fast however, so no major issues there. That makes fall number three.

I had made 50kms by lunchtime, and by the time I had arrived in Freeport I had almost 80km on the clock. I wanted to push on further, but while at the library, a woman overheard my conversation with another person about my trip, and asked if I needed a place to stay for the night. Jennifer was her name, and she put me up with her and her husband (Mike) and step-daughter (Myranda) in a small town called Bruce. It was a 10 mile drive to Bruce from Freeport back the way I had come. Jennifer promised to give me a ride back to Freeport in the morning.

Myranda, Jennifer, Mike, and Rob in Bruce, Florida, USA

Myranda is studying culinary arts at school, and Mike is an auto mechanic in Niceville, a 20 mile commute away. For dinner we had chicken and risotto. The chicken…chicken breasts…the biggest I have seen in my life. The margarine tub that was in the fridge…massive. Everything here in the US is on a bigger scale. Mike’s pickup truck is not a truck, it is a tank.

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Comment by Aunty Les — January 13, 2008 @ 7:34 pm | post a comment

How long does the mist hang around? it will make everything so much colder.

Comment by Mum — January 13, 2008 @ 10:09 pm | post a comment

Your observation about how much bigger everything is in the US has been noted by other visitors. It seems to be particularly true of the southern States.

Comment by Cousin Tim — January 13, 2008 @ 10:44 pm | post a comment

Speaking of bigger in the USA, who do you think invented monster trucks, they certainly aren't japanese.

Comment by Teresa Davis — January 15, 2008 @ 6:59 am | post a comment


I really enjoyed meeting you last night at church. I am amazed by your courage and strength. I hope that a little of it has worn off on me. I want to again wish you a save journey home to your loved ones and to meet your newest family members.

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