David Johnson's Travel Blog
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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Liverworks Productions
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The smell that protects


Turner River Road (25.98 N, 81.26 W)Today was boring from an updates point-of-view. I walked the remaining three miles out of Loop Road and then West on Highway 41 for ten miles and then North on Turner River Road for about seven. I was planning on doing another five miles today, enabling me to reach the I75 Rest Area by tomorrow night. But, alas, the feet are weak. I'll probably make tomorrow a short day so I don't have to camp along the interstate.

I smell bad. I've actually been doing a fairly good job of keeping myself clean. I think the smell is the result of days old deet worked into my clothes. It's a putrid smell, but I'm sort of afraid to wash it away because it seems to be keeping the mosquitoes at bay.

Critters: I came across several snakes while walking the highway. They always slithered away fast--surprisingly fast. At one point by a bridge, a whole pile of baby alligators went flying off a limestone rock into the water as I passed. I saw my fist tick today.

I've been drinking the Everglades water since yesterday with no ill effects. Usually I filter it. Sometimes, if the water is running fast and clear, I just scoop up the water and drink it.

I can tell that the water level is decreasing as I move North. Roads and pads (elevated land for houses, etc) are still the only dry ground, but the light forest I'm camping in only has about four inches of water in it. Hopefully, I will be able to re-join the Florida Trail at the Rest Area. Supposedly, that part of the trail overlays and abandoned road.

I haven't seen a pay phone in a few days, and I haven't been bold enough to knock on doors and ask for phone use. Perhaps tomorrow when I approach I75, I'll make a few phone calls from my cell if I have a signal. (Sadly, PocketMail is incompatible with Verizon Wireless.)

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