Day 2 of my trip required me to fight the heat some more. Again, temperatures exceeded 100 + degrees. Luckily, sponsors Techniche International, provided me with a cooling vest. When the temperature are that high, you need to find a way to stay cool or #staykewl as they say. The fact is, you can easily add ten degrees with the heat of the asphalt and the engine. The cooling vest helps bring down your core temperature by as much as 20 degrees.
From Ocala National Park to Big Lagoon State Park, it was a 409 miles, making my total for two days 749 miles. The Florida heat was unforgiving. The good news is I got to ride County Road 98 which it had been a few years since the last time. If you have the time, stop in the quaint fishing village of Cedar Key for lunch.
As I continued on CR 98, I felt a sharp pain in my right foot. At first I thought it was just a physical reaction to the heat, but as I kept riding, the pain increased. I started looking down at my boot to make sure there was not some sort of short circuit with the bike and my boot was contacting a loose wire. When I saw nothing, I started to wonder if this was a sign of something worse physically. I start thinking of the effects of a heart attack, restless legs syndrome, blood clots. What? What the hell is this? Then, the light bulb went off! Is it possible? I pulled over fast and removed my boot. Sure enough, somehow, a wasp the size of a SUV flew into my boot! Not fun at all! The only thing scarier is when a wasp gets caught in that wind tunnel created by the windshield and the front of your body and they can’t fly out of that zone.
I continued through Apalichicola National Park and once I hit Fort Walton Beach, I got to enjoy the views of riding with the coast on my left and beautiful ocean front mansions on my right.
Entering Santa Rosa Island where Pensacola Beach is located, we continued to Big Lagoon State Park which is located in Perdido Key. Perdido in Spanish means “lost.” I found the name appropriate because what better place to get “lost” than a campsite on the beach. Our reserved site was directly across from the showers/restroom and offered privacy from the neighbors. All was well… almost.
I tend to drink a lot of water. I’m sure I drink a gallon day and in the heat, even more so. To stay hydrated, I drank as much water as I could, normally 2-3 bottles of water at every stop, and once I arrived at the site, because there was work to be done with loading and unloading the truck, I continued drinking water. The problem is when I wasn’t riding, I wasn’t sweating out all the water I drank and thus, at some point, I had to pee. To be exact, three times that night I had to unzip the tent and step outside to pee. Ever have an argument with your spouse at 3 a.m. at a campsite? If not, just drink a lot of water to get the party started.
Needless to say, I kept waking her up and my counter-argument was “what am I to do? Dehydrate or hold my pee all night?” It is hard to go to sleep when you are pissed off (pun intended). Nothing like two grouchy campers in the morning ready to hit the road.
Regardless, Big Lagoon Campground has the ocean as your backyard and that helped “cool” us both off. After a nice breakfast, off we went. Our next stop was a short 217 miles away. I looked forward to the longest time in taking Anny to New Orleans for some gumbo. Remember, I said “short 217 miles away.”
On this day is when the mystery smell from my sandals began.
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