This past Saturday... January 10, I decided to go up to Satellite Beach (near Melbourne FL actually closer to Cocoa Beach/NASA).
My reason for going was to check out the 200k Brevet this Sunday. My
plan was to drive up Saturday and ride Sunday and drive back. Then
a frind in the Motorola Club Alain
Abbate thought about going by biking up there and catching a ride back
me... Later he had to bail on that idea which gave me the idea to bike
there, do the ride Sunday and rent a car one-way on the return.
Saturday's ride from Ft Lauderdale to Satellite Beach was 168 miles
first 60 miles were cool with cross-winds. After the first 60 miles it turned into an
First I encountered 15-20mph heads winds slowing me from
15-16mph. I managed to battle them over through Jupiter and up CR707
Sound. After that it was 18-19mph into 20mph winds all the way to Ft
Pierce. I probably shoulda taken things a bit slower as I was only 80 miles into the ride when I neared Stuart Fl.
On the way past Stuart the temperature dropped from 68 down to 51 as
took hold. I stopped for lunch on the way to Ft Pierce to hide from the cold a bit as well. I took more cold-weather gear from my frame pack, ate lunch and started out again. The closer I got to Ft Pierce the stronger the gusts became. Several gusts at 30mph slowed me to 15mph and I decided to taper down my cruzing speed to a paultry 17mph to Ft Pierce.
After I left Ft pierce and got onto the wide open A1A of Hutchenson Is. North, I struggled to maintain a speed of
It was 13 miles to Viro Beach and it would be a long slow hour to climb
Viro. (Yes this is just like climbing)...
I planned to stop in Viro but once I got there I decided to keep going. I
quite far past before stopping for a stretch. I realized that I must
or take long breaks if I were going to make the hotel by night fall.
Coming up to sebastian inlet bridge I got a renewed hope as I've
bridge before on a previous trip to Cocoa Beach. The winds were
at 30mph and I was trying all I could to keep the speed above 13mph.
like 3 hours to cover the last 35 miles!
When I got to the hotel the Big Brothers Big Sisters crew putting on
immediatly recognized me as the guy who biked all the way from Ft
After a bit of rest and story telling one of them, RitaAnn, offered to
to the designated restaurant for dinner. At dinner I was plesantly
to run into a gaggle of SBW (South Broward Wheelers club) folks up to ride the brevet. Light
and various stories from each carried on the evening as I devoured as
much of a
chicken parm and spagetti that I could.
Sunday's ride started at 8AM with a tem of 41F. However with my three
jerseys (two long sleeve)
and a set of arm warmers and a quick start got me warm in a hurry.
miles into the ride several small breaks were made of which I reeled in
them... On the last one a faster break was made and when I tried to get
peleton stired to catch, they did not want to so I took off and joined
bikes in the break.
After a few miles and introductions they discovered my escapades the
and they decided that I was to do only needed work in the group. This
well for me :) Even so at 88 miles I began to fade and was not sure I
stay with them. I used "mental energy" as I told them later... to stay
them. They did drop me one time over one of the large intercostal
actually we were all scattered a bit so they musta just decided to
At one point we were flying along when two boys on those darn
scooters decided to cross in front of us. We went in front and behind
I locked my rear wheel.. Slid to the side of the road to avoid the bike
front of me... Bunny hopped onto the grass as there was a drop off...
I then rode
across a gravel then dirt drive and into some soft sand and couldn't get enough speed to bunny
to the pave. I stopped, shouted and put my bike back on the road.
politely waited as I rejoined them.
At 90 miles we headed south on A1A with the wind where we hit and
speeds of 28 and 29mph... at 17 miles we hit the final checkpoint (not
finish) and had to turn back into the wind. Our strong efforts only
to maintain a 16mph speed (in the same conditions the day before I was
able to peek at 14mph and sustain 13mph!)
The rest of the ride was uneventful but friendly as we talked about
This group of 5 I found myself in were the first to arrive at the final
checkpoint... A full 40 minutes ahead of the 6th place. We rode 126.6
6:45 hours! A group of 5 ppl riding in 20mph winds with 30mph gusts!
actual speed is 18.2mph... Slow for a non-wind ride but probably pretty
given the conditions...
Oh... And I didn't rent a car for the return as it turns out Jose G (a member of SBW)
a ride back. Shary Bernhart (of SBW) was riding back with Jose also and we
various stuff on the way back. Thanks guys! That was the best way to
a fun weekend! (Actually it was when Jose stopped at Chillis and I devoured a 12 ounce steak, salad, potatoes veggies and two beers!)
Now I'm waiting for my official certificat and trophy...