HALFWAY! 402 Miles To Go

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5570 South Kenansville Road
YeeHaw Junction, FL 34972
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As I mentioned, I camped out last night at Hollowpaw Baptist Church courtesy of some great folks working on the building.

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According to a worker, after Obama was elected, a group of satanists set the old church building on fire. They are just now wrapping up the construction of the new facility and it’s really nice. The warmness & kindness exhibited by these men was off the charts and reminded me of what a Church should feel like… welcoming.

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After the added milage yesterday, I had only 36 miles left on the scheduled route for today which I made quick work of. A couple miles outside of destination, the Garmin GPS alerted me that I was at the official half way mark. Felt great to still feel so strong!

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MAXIM: Riding a bicycle gives a whole new perpsective to the State of Florida with so much gorgeous scenery right off the road that is easily missed when cruising by at 60. There’s a certain humility when you consider that there are thousands of trees sitting less than 20 feet from the road that have been on this earth before you existed and will remain long after your time here is done.

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The easily overlooked Desert Inn & Restaurant located on the lonely corner of 441 & 60 in YeeHaw Junction is literally in the middle of nowhere. Walking in, the Stevie Ray Vaughan over the speakers & recently revamped interior had a rustic but welcoming appeal that had me feeling like Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse. The Owner Steve, Bartender/Server Toni, & Chef Mike were excited to greet me and couldn’t have been more welcoming, friendly, and quick to set me up with a meal and a few drinks.

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I saddled up to the bar and ordered a Bacon Cheese Burger & a Coke. Sipping from the glass mug and sharing my travels with some of the patrons, a gigantic plate of food arrived. It’s hard to imagine such an incredible meal from such an understated place but it was the best burger I’ve ever had. The Cibatta bread wrapped a perfectly seasoned and very moist beef patty, with 2 extra thick strips of bacon dripping with Cheddar cheese. I don’t often take pictures of my food, but when I do, it’s because it’s awesome.

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After eating my fill, (which was all of it) I took a tour of the establishment with Steve. Founded in 1886, it was an old trading post, barroom, & brothel. Having ridden into town on a bicycle, hot and thristy, I could easily imagine the old cowboys and workers arriving here and the subsequent interactions that took place. Don’t guess it got a little rowdy at times?

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Downstairs was the original Bar, with the former black section in the back now retrofitted into an office. A flight of stairs leading upstairs opened up to a series of about 8 small rooms with a larger lounge and room in the back where the headmistress would entertain guests. (Her portrait on the wall was quite striking) Still furnished with period accessories and some remaining pieces that survived the ages, it’s a worthy step back in time.

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I was made aware that the appropriate historical society will be visiting the location some time next week and determining whether they would take an active role in renovating some of the termite damage or let it continue to deteriorate. I hope they make a priority of keeping this location experience alive for future generations to take advantage of.

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I’ve been set up with a great room for the night here and will be leaving early tomorrow for Port St Lucie where the city administration has been extremely supportive and excited for my journey. In fact, I rerouted my entire trip through there from Lake Okeechobee after meeting some of their infectiously passionate representatives at a developers conference in Orlando.

This time next week I’ll be touching the bell at the Southernmost Point of Florida! The bike auction ends at that time…. have you bid yet?

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