David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
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Texas 2003
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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
Texas Pig Hunting
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Kayak Trip 2017

Camping With Cows


Route 70, West of the Kissimmee River (27.2375 N, 81.021 W)Once again I AM off the official route. Once again I find myself camping near a busy, noisy road. But to spice things up, tonight I AM camping in a cow pasture. I shall likely be waking throughout the night to check for telltale signs of cows and bulls. This basically includes tongue slobber on my mosquito netting for cows, and being knocked from my hammock and gored and stomped for bulls (just kidding...I hope).

I've left Lake Okeechobee behind and have hiked up the Kissimmee River for about ten miles. I decided to travel West on Route 70 in order to visit a grocery store. After consulting the map, I decided to not return to the official route but to short-circuit it a little. This decision was mostly born of the frustration of having to walk down 70 and not wanting to walk back just to do more road walking.

I'm in redneck territory. Lots of big trucks parked outside of trailer homes. And twice I've had people hurl garbage at me as they drove by.

If all goes well I shall be on actual trails by the end of tomorrow. I AM not hopeful, however, as the guide book warns that that section of the trail could be closed due to river restoration.

I met a guy today who told me that the really big rattlesnakes are ahead of me.

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