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Gainesville, FL 32601
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Late start yesterday as I spent the morning taking in some bluegrass, touring the grounds at Otter Springs with Property Manager Dan & Director of
Activities and Events Debbi, and generally enjoying the whole place. It is going to take an entire post of it’s own to describe it all that I’ll get to later.
Getting from Trenton to Gainesville was quick and easy with an average speed of 13.8 which I’m told isn’t too bad with a fully geared touring bike. A quick stop into the administration office at UF and it was off to meet Collin, a bike enthusiast student studying Biology who generously offered an 8′ couch to sleep on.
MAXIM: As I go through all these small cities like Newberry & Cross City and meet the residents, I realize they’re all about the same. They all have farmers markets, little harvest festivals, 8 people that think they know whats best for the whole city, & 2 shops that recently went out of business after new stores came in causing a group of residents to wonder if economic vitality and the small town way of life is coming to an end.
By suggestion, we took a trip to Dragonfly Sushi in Downtown Gainesville where the owner Dave generously offered us a meal in support of the trip and the cause. The great service & relaxed upscale atmosphere inside was only beat by the quality of the food. I’ve never been a fan of raw but after tonight, I’m a believer and look forward to going back. Do yourself a favor when you’re nearby and enjoy the Sauteed Edamame & Cobra Kai Roll. Perfection!
After that we checked out the really impressive UF nightlife. The whole strip was packed with well mannered students and lively restaurants/bars. I shared my story with a group of them in a nearby hangout and Kristin, one of the employees donated a beer to a weary travler. It’s interesting how having money on this trip would have prevented all these introductions. Obviously, this is no reformation of my capitalist conservative roots but I am surprised by how easily cash can stand in the way of human interaction. Corollary: Principally, is this anything that I couldn’t do if I were homeless?
Today after inordinate tire maintenance, I journey out to Ocala National Forest via the Hawthorne Trail. After the rough and debris ridden road shoulders, I’m in desparate need of tubes & a pump of some type so I’ll be keeping my eyes open. The longer I ride, the more fun I have.