|Paddler forced to become peddler|
I'm seeing a different view of the world by covering distance on a bike instead of in the kayak. I learned yesterday that it's too dangerous to bike on fast roads with no bike lanes, and too slow to bike on sidewalks. So today's route was much longer, but had good bike lanes for the most part.
Fort Pierce is a blue color town they say, but the barrier islands are where the money is. And that's also where the best amenities are: bike paths, side walks, water access, etc.
Because there is no bridge over Fort Pierce Inlet, I had to bike over one bridge into Fort Pierce, and go through an industrial area.
|Indian River Lagoon on the left, Atlantic Ocean on the right|
|Fort Piere industrial area|
Then back over another bridge to reach my destination: the boat ramp I will launch from tomorrow.
|Beach side of the bridge.|
That last bridge is a draw bridge, which was up. I passed Chris on his way to pick me up.
|Passing Chris and kayak on the draw bridge.|
After lunch we visited the Smithsonian museum about the lagoon ecology. It was fascinating to see all the life I had been kayaking over. Wish I had a glass bottom boat to see it all.
|Life in the lagoon.|
- Having options to keep going
- So many osprey
- So many different kinds of sea urchins
- Wind at my back
- Learning that zinc oxide sun screen on my forehead doesn't drip into my eyes when I'm working hard and sweat is pouring off my face
Date: December 29, 2015 Restart Paddle Day: 37
Start location: Jensen Beach, FL Launch time: 8:50 am
End location: Fort Pierce Land time: 11:00 am
Average speed: 12.0 mph Max Speed: 18.5 mph
Total expedition miles with kayak and bike: 2174 Motor-portage miles: 404
Kayak Storage: Fort Pierce KOA
Host: Chris Percival