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Bicycle Trip 1999
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08/20  Let's hike Florida!
08/24  Welcome to the Conch Republic!
08/24  Goodbye, Key West
08/25  Live and learn
08/26  Wade to breakfast
08/26  The dogs are barking.
08/27  Ba-HE-ah
08/28  Stealth Camping II
08/29  Who let the hogs out?
08/30  Walk a hundred miles in my shoes
08/31  Goodbye, Keys
09/02  I AM the minority
09/03  Easy come, easy go
09/04  So what is an aquacate?
09/05  Almost there
09/06  Wisdom or Cowardice?
09/07  The smell that protects
09/08  The Florida Trail!
09/10  Radio Resurrection
09/10  To the Horizon and Beyond!
09/11  Day on the Dikes
09/12  Hat Number Three
09/13  Just another day.
09/14  The Everglades
09/14  Good day for critters
09/15  Camping With Cows
09/16  The sounds of airboats in the night.
09/17  The grass really IS greener on the other side.
09/18  Some Math
09/19  Four days until Christmas!
09/20  Hard day, mentally.
09/21  Plan B
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So what is an aquacate?


Highway 997 / Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail)Back in Richmond when I was working at FirstHealth, there was a guy who brought in exotic fruits for all to taste-test. I now wish I had paid more attention to those experiments. I recognize almost none of the fruits here. There was a cart of "aquacates" for sale beside the road. I didn't try one.

Since leaving Florida City, I have been walking North, some of it on Redland Road, but most of it on highway 997. The vast majority of the scenery is taken up by tree nurseries, orchards and plowed fields. Picture a nice smooth gravel road in your mind. Now, make that gravel road a half-mile wide. Plow it up real good so the gravel is nice and soft. There, you are now looking at prime South-Florida tilled fields.

Redland Road was quiet, but 997 is bordered by tractor trails which are good for walking on. These trails end about five miles short of 41, and the rest of that road-walk is fairly miserable. I'm using walking sticks now, which is helping to relieve my feet of some of the weight.

Only one more day of road-walking left! I so cannot wait. I grow weary of the perpetual drone of passing trucks.

I'm sending this email from the intersection of 997 and Highway 41 (the Tamiami Trail, pronounced Tammy-Ammy, I think). At this point, there is a good chance that I won't be able to send emails out again for at least three days. It could be as many as six days. So, for those of you who are prone to such, don't worry.

contact me at le@liverworks.com
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