Not all who wander are lost.

Day 6: Change in Plans

As we watched it pour and pour during breakfast our spirits were getting pretty low.  We were starting to feel like all we were doing was hotel jumping just trying to stay dry and we weren’t able to enjoy our surroundings or relax at all.  Once we got to where we were going, we had to unpack everything and make sure all was dry, find a place to hang the wet clothes from our ride, and figure out what our next step was going to be for the rainy bike ride the next day (pretty sure we’ve done laundry more in the last few days than we have in a couple weeks)  Even though we have been doing lots of research we still had not found a way through Miami and surrounding areas that we were comfortable with as well which was kind of stressing us both out.  Neither one of us have any urban biking experience so everything we read about going through that area from the traffic to the rough areas of town that we were told Hwy 1 would take us through sounded absolutely terrifying! We decided that in order for us to enjoy ourselves a little more and maintain our safety, we would rent a car that we could throw our bikes in and drive around the Miami area which would land us in Homestead, FL.


We knew this would shorten our trip by a few days but there were some things going on at home that were weighing a little heavy on us too.  Right before we left, we had to make an appointment for Sam to get his wisdom teeth removed which was going to happen while we were gone.  We also had received some not so great news from Webster City RV and we are going to have to shell out a couple thousand to get the RV repaired.  Once we figured out our new plan and picked up the car, our stress level dropped quite a bit and we felt better about the rest of the trip.  The sun came out too!

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Getting home a little earlier will allow us to be home for Sam’s surgery and we’ll save a few bucks so paying that bill for the RV won’t be quite as painful (still plenty painful though!)  We spent our evening re-planning and re-booking the rest of our trip.  Day 7 is back on the bikes for a 40+ mile ride.  Next stop Key Largo!


  1. Linda Squiers's Gravatar Linda Squiers
    September 25, 2014    

    Hey guys. You do what you have to do. Sounds like a good decision to me. That Miami sounded a bit shakey at best esp not knowing a good route. I think it would be bad enough driving through much less biking. Yikes.
    Can’t ever out guess Mother Nature and definitely can’t change her mind. As you well know suffering through her rain.
    I look forward to your next blog. I have my trusty map right by my chair to keep track of you. Anxious to hear about the keys.

  2. Linda Pearson's Gravatar Linda Pearson
    September 25, 2014    

    Sounds like a good new plan. The weather is just one of those variables that you can’t predict with any certainty! I’m glad you are out of the rain for now. I hope you have sunny blue skies for the rest of your trip. Stay safe! Love you! Mom

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