530 Miles Down, 280 To Go

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1251 Hypoluxo Rd
Lantana, FL 33462
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Leaving Port St Lucie, I didn’t feel all that great. I would love to have stayed there a week but the road and the challenge beckoned my attention. I made it to the ocean in short order and it was exciting to look at the big giant sea for a minute.

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About 35 miles in, I rolled up to Ocean Kay Park where I met with Daniel from PSL again. He and other development professionals from the Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Planners Association were having an annual picnic and graciously invited me for lunch. It was an honor to share some stories from the trail and hear some of the unique solutions they have come up with to spur good growth in their areas.

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From there I rolled through the Palm Beach area. Everything in that strip was incredibly pristine, even their industrial hub. It was a series of stop & go for photo ops.

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MAXIM: You can always tell the cities that put a lot of effort into their branding. It doesn’t have to cost a lot (although it’s a worthy investment) but they tend to have a signifcant appearance of cohesion and class. Take a look at this very cool ship wheel that is installed on nearly every corner in the Village of North Palm Beach. Love it!

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Along the route, I came across a the Palm Beach Yacht Club where a big group of well dressed people were congregated by the water. I spoke with the Manager, Michael and he said it was a photo op and invited me to join them for a picture or two. When he announced my cause, the group cheered & started chanting my name. Quite the honor and a few came up afterwards and said they would follow the trip and donate! P.S. The photographer, another Michael was an avid biker as well and told me about HotShowers.org, basically a couchsurfing but for people on long distance bike tours.

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It wasn’t long at all before I came into Lantana, FL. This is a pretty busy city where I was graciously offered a room at a brand new Holiday Inn Express. Everything about it was super modern, clean, and well designed. I did ask about pricing and found it to be half the price of many “high end” locations but twice as nice. The location was central to all sorts of great things to do in the area and I’d highly recommend it for a little stay-cation, or full blown vacation!

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I had plans of visiting the Old Key Lime House in speaking with a manager there prior to my trip but upon arriving, I was met by the owner who was very unpleasant so I decided to go somewhere else. I had heard about a giant Oktoberfest party going on at a nearby American-German club by several people in full Lederhose at the hotel and was not disappointed! Although I didn’t have it in me for another full blown night of entertainment, I’ll definitely be returning next year to fully experience it.

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All in all a great stop ride and great stop! It’s fun riding the coast and the weather couldn’t be more cooperative with the strong tailwind. #BikersParadise

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