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Here’s the REAL part of bike touring. I think it’s been fun to post all the beautiful pics of sunny beaches and smiling faces, but I have to show the real side of being on the road. It’s not always glamorous, or easy, and sometimes outright uncomfortable and dangerous. Like when you ride through downtown Sarasota and a truck with a trailer almost takes you out going around a bend. Lesson learned, check that one off the list. It’s also not uncommon to have to ride on busy roads you would rather not be on, only to hear a truck blast by (with a couple 4 wheelers in the back) and yell, “Get the f*%k off the road!” Here’s a few more examples for your viewing pleasure…

Unique tan lines that make you look super cool at the beach. Not!

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Sometimes you get stuck in a random ice glaze in the Florida pan handle, and have to duck tape your shoes for warmth.
Duck taped shoes for warmth

Sometimes you get caught in the rain, and soaked to the bone.
Soaked to the bone

Sometimes you get stuck, waiting for a broken down ferry and riding for hours without breakfast, no civilization in sight. Oh, AND you can see the other side of the water. We waited for 3 hours! We thought about starving people in 3rd world countries, and felt slightly better.

Waiting for a broken down ferry

Or riding through industrial traffic, ingesting fumes by the gallon

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Flat tires, they happen. Sometimes too often.

Flat tires

But at the end of the day, I would rather be on my bike than almost anywhere else! (Even on a freezing cold 30 degree with a 15 mph headwind with sleet that makes an ice glaze on my feet)

Freezing cold ride, but still happy!

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