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1 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314
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I left Lantana around 9 for another day of ocean-side cruising with a tailwind, but not before taking advantage of a superior breakfast at the new Holiday Inn. Another high review!

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Not long into the day, I met a guy named Wayne from Wales, Europe who I rode with for about 25 miles. He kept the pace moving at a steady 18mph so we made good time. It was very interesting talking to him about the different cultures and hearing his perspective on things. He even offered a few suggestions for future adventures and a few countries I’d defintely want to add to my bucket list. I also noticed that bicycling in these parts is a pretty big deal. There are a LOT of them riding around.

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Yet another day of scenic scapes, new construction, and posh (dang-it, Wayne) lifestyles. The area around Ft Lauderdale is undergoing major redevelopment along their coast and it will be gorgeous when it’s finished. Even though it wasn’t a very sunny day, there were thousands of people out on the beach, riding bicycles/skateboards/etc, and supporting the various local businesses. P.S. Another instance of good branding in creative bike stands at every beach entrance sporting “Green Your Routine, City of Fort Lauderdale”

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A quick stop for a slurpee just because and I headed over to Hollywood where I was set up with a room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino who were very enthusiastic about my trip & cause. I was met by Executive Hosts, Kristina & Kristofer (no-relation) who helped check my bike, get me in the room and give me an extensive tour of the facility.

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The grounds are pristine and very well managed. There is a huge town square with high end night clubs and restaurants, 5 signature eateries inside, 2 towers of upscale and very comfortable rooms, a resort style swimming pool, a full spa & salon, a mega venue for live concerts, and much more. The entire establishment I’m told is in a constant state of improvement & redevelopment as the organization continually seeks to better accomodate their guests. There is also a lot of new growth popping up around the Hard Rock taking advanatage of the added traffic and economic opportunity.

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Everywhere you look, the attention to detail is incredible. It would take at least a week to admire every piece of memorabilia displayed on seemingly every wall and the whole environment is just plain fun. I was offered a meal & enjoyed an Oktoberfest Burger at the Hard Rock restaurant which was superb. I also learned that the Hard Rock Restaurant was what started the entire franchise as a location first in Europe designed to introduce American Cuisine and Culture before it was purchased by the Seminole Tribe and heavily expanded.

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Their motto, “Love All, Serve All” couldn’t ring more true as everyone appeared to be having a great time. It is a true pleasure to be hosted here this evening and look forward to returning for a longer stay very soon with my wife. I’m about to head downstairs to indulge in a “world-famous” milkshake and call it a night. Tomorrow, Day 12 of this 15 day trip, after taking a quick swim in that pool, I’ll be riding all the way around Miami & into the everglades to tour the Shark Valley Trail!

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