Yikes! No Brakes! I guess I never really noticed that the rear brake wasn’t working because I’ve been on flat land until I had to go over the bridge where all the roads intersect. Going down hill, I tend to use the rear brakes more than the front. I was very surprised when I had no rear brake. Good thing my front brakes were working.
There was a decent shoulder on the road up to the point the construction began. Fortunately, I was able to ride on the road being worked on. Actually it was pretty cool – I had the whole road to myself. I’m not exactly sure how far it went, but it was almost all the way into LaBelle.
LaBelle is a fairly small little town, with a population of almost 5,000. Its like it was trying to stay an old small town, but everything was being upgraded to be more modern. They had a couple of small parks, one with a pretty view of the river.
The trees were beautiful; many filled with ferns and air plants that were in bloom. I found a couple lying on the ground, so I decided to add them to my collection.
I am currently in Olga, FL. Its a bit smaller than LaBelle, but its a pretty area with horses and ranch land. There are a whole of river front properties and land for sale.
Its been pretty hot and sunny the last few days with the temp hovering around 87°. I must have looked pretty hot going into Olga because a lady that worked at this place called Leo’s French Toast House came out and gave me a huge container of ice and 2 cups of ice water.
Olga seems like a nice area, but I got here late yesterday and will need to look around. I can only say that the coffee and donuts I had this morning were pretty awful and not worth the price I paid. I found a nice looking branch to attach the air plant to, which I will do as soon as I go for a lunch break in a few minutes.
I am also deciding which route to take from here. There are several camping areas just north of Ft. Myers that look pretty decent, so I’m planning a route that will take me past them.
Its supposed to be in the 80’s and only partly sunny for the next week, so it should be a nice ride.
That’s all for now.
Today’s tidbit: Live by faith, not by sight.