Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 89, low 69)
It’s rainy season, it’s hurricane season, it’s hot, it’s humid and Florida is not where we want to be right now. At least not this part of Florida, but we wouldn’t mind being in the Keys right now.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, so we have 6 months of that and a good 4 months of rainy season.
Yep, we’re dreaming of heading back to the mountains. We aren’t sure exactly when we will be leaving. We still have plenty we need to do around here, including visiting with my Mom and going with her to some doctors appointments. Our plans are in jello.
We’ve taken Mom to doctors appointments the past two days and the latest doctor has an idea of what is causing the “spells” she complains of. She can’t articulate exactly what the spells feel like, so it makes it difficult for the doctors to help her. The pulmonary doctor yesterday thinks it could be an esophageal spasm. It sounds like a good possibility, so we have an appointment with a gastroenterologist in a few weeks.
In the meantime, we’re making the best out of being in the Tampa area, and enjoying riding our new bikes. Once we get up to Georgia, we won’t have all the nice flat paved trails like we do here. The Tampa Bay area has miles and miles of trails all over the three counties, so their are no shortage of trails to ride for any kind of riding you want to do.
We have been out to nearby Flatwoods Park a few times. They have over 11 miles of paved trail, with several water stations along the trail. It’s paved, smooth, and wide. There are also multiple off road trails right off the main trail.
I’ve been having problems getting comfortable on my bike seat. It seemed fine when I tested it but not so fine after a few miles. I don’t understand why someone with plenty of her own padding, has so much trouble finding a bicycle seat that doesn’t feel like I’m sitting on a rock! Al, who has very little padding, has no problem with any bike seat he sits on. It’s not fair!
We’ve made two 8.4 mile rides at Flatwoods, but I suffered most of the ride and was very glad when we got back to the car! It’s a one way trail, so once you start, you are pretty much committed.
The trail was really nice on Friday with very few people. We saw quite a few turkey, some bluebirds, a hawk and a rabbit.
On Saturday, there were a lot more people, so the we didn’t see any wildlife.
We haven’t been back to Flatwoods, but we’ve been riding around the park, trying to get used to the seat. Some people say I will just have to get used to the seat, but others say I might need a more padded seat. Right now, I have a new seat and we’re heading out this morning to give it a try.
Pat and Ron, our friends and neighbors here at Quail Run, made a deal at Camping World to trade in their beautiful 40 foot Phaeton for a beautiful 40 foot Landmark 5th wheel. They are planning on staying here permanently so they didn’t see much sense in maintaining that big diesel engine. They intend to buy a small rv for travels.
Yesterday, Camping World picked up the coach and brought the 5th wheel back to their site.
Of course, I had to document the move!
It was interesting to see how a 5th wheel is set up.
Murphy the dog had fun tearing up his new toy when no one was watching. I’m not sure if this look was the look of a guilty or a proud dog!