Peace River Wildlife Center

I decided to take the hike to the Wildlife Center about 3 miles away. I had three short bridges to go over and I will be honest and say that I almost didn’t make it over that third bridge – it was steep. None of them were high or long but they were all steep.

It was a nice little area with a park next to it (Ponce De Leon park). And it was VERY busy. The parking lot was over flowing and between the locals and the tourists there was a river of people using the boat ramp and the beach.

The wildlife center will be moving. I was told that developers have purchased the land and are asking them to leave. I guess they have found another piece of property, but still need to build a new center. I hope everything works out for them.

And back across the bridges I go…. well almost. I feared getting stuck on the island because I was having a hard time getting over that one bridge until someone offered to help me. Thank God for nice people is all I can say. No, I will not attempt to go over bridges like that again! I’ll park my bike and walk.

I was told that it is not usually this busy, but there was a seafood festival and something else going on that attracted a lot of out-of-towners for the weekend.

As much as I like this area, something says its not really the place for me to be. Houses are very expensive here and I haven’t seen a lot of undeveloped land either. I’m in no rush to settle down…. my theme song right now… “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…”

Plus this one homeless guy doesn’t like me going down the one trail that goes through “his forest”. I can’t stay someplace I don’t feel safe and I don’t need trouble makers giving me a hard time.

I’ve decided to go over the big bridge to the other side of the river tomorrow. I’m not sure what I am going to find, but I’ve decided to go see if I can find the campgrounds over there.

Anyway, that’s all for now.

Today’s tidbit:

Optimism vs Pessimism

Optimism says don’t worry, everything will work out. Pessimism says give up before it gets worse.

The Eagles Have Landed!

I’ve been exploring Punta Gorda and one of the first things I saw, well actually heard, was an Eagle. When I started taking a picture of the eagle, I thought it had moved, but it turned out to be TWO eagles!

I found them along one of the many pathways they have here. I watched as people passed by, not even noticing them up in the trees. I like how they have a map that shows where you can find bathrooms, parks, bicycle repair stations, and water fountains.

Its a pretty nice area here. They have their special houses with fun designs, lots of plants and funny messages.

I am looking at properties today to see how much a house might cost here. The one down the street from the library was a 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath and was $375,000. I am hoping the cost is high because its near the Peace River and also in the historic district.

I’m going to have to go over the bridge eventually to get to some other stores, but am definitely procrastinating, partially because of the weather. This morning it was in the 70’s and quickly cooled down to the 60’s. Tonight’s low should be in the upper 40’s. It is still Florida, though, and will be back into the 80’s in just a couple of days.

And that reminds me. I had gone to IHop for breakfast this morning. Put it on your calendars…. February 25 is National Pancake day! You can get a free short stack at IHop. It’s a great deal if you enjoy pancakes. I’m not sure what the other places offer.

That’s all for now.

Today’s Tidbit: When no one else believes in you, remember that God still does and that is what you need to focus on.

And Double Crap, lol

You know the old saying, “when it rains, it pours”? Seems like I’m in a pouring mode at the moment. I was heading to the camping grounds between Ft. Myers and Punta Gorda. My plan was to get some brain rest because I was really upset at people getting into my stuff at the library. The library is supposed to be a “safe zone”. But, when I got to the camp ground it appeared to be closed down.

I guess I should be glad I didn’t stop because I had not bought anymore food yet. I am now currently in Punta Gorda. Punta Gorda means “Fat Point”.

I began exploring the area this morning and found the river walk. As soon as I started walking down the path, I could only smile and chuckle because I was reminded of Sebastian, FL. A place where you need to learn how to say “Good morning” to everyone. And this was a very very busy path. There was a cyclist group of about 20 that was riding around and there were many individuals riding their bikes also. There were lots and lots of people walking dogs, running, exercising, and walking.

Along the path, there are at least 9 little parks with different things like pickle ball, tennis and a large playground. And everyone along the way said “good morning”. I picked a spot to park the bike and get a few photos, including one of the bridge I will be going over when I leave here. But I think I might hang out a few days and get to know this area better. It seems nice enough to stay here, but I don’t make decisions on first appearances.

Oh man, I almost forgot to tell you about the library here. Its only about 6 months old and it is absolutely beautiful. The computer area isn’t side by side like most libraries. Each one has its own little cubicle. There area also several tables and lots of cushy chairs around. To top it off they have rocking chairs in the front. One of the services they offer is the ability to check out a laptop to use while here. It probably one of the nicer ones I’ve been in.

Well, that’s all for now. Ya’ll have a great one.

Today’s tidbit: Friends don’t let friends drown.

Ft. Myers, FL

The southern end of Ft. Myers is growing quickly, but there is still lots of land available.

I was able to get a new axle bar and found a car place to help me get the “lock nuts” off. Those things may have a great purpose, but it is definitely not with my bicycle! I’m glad I got a new axle bar because the way the tires put on the axle had actually bent. I will be replacing the wheels as soon as I can because I think 20″ tires will be better than 16″. Though, I can say that those rubber tires earned a little praise.

If that had been a regular tire, it would be flat for sure. But I still think I prefer regular tires.

I decided to head up to North Ft. Myers. There was a trail that went all the way downtown. It wasn’t any spectacular, but it was fairly pleasant.

I stopped at a little park just before going over the bridge to have lunch and rest for a few minutes. It was kind of neat, they had all different kinds of palm trees, each one had a marker that gave information about the palm.

And yes, I was procrastinating going across that bridge. I had a choice of 3 bridges and decided on the middle one. I will admit that the bridge wasn’t as long as the one in Charleston, but it definitely seemed higher. I decided to time myself to see how long it would take me…. 30 minutes. I figured it would take longer.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I am shopping around for another bike because I really don’t like the one I’m using. But on the plus side, now that the nuts are regular nuts, I can paint the sides of the trailer! I just need the wind to stop blowing.

Today’s tidbit: Some people wear their pain and suffering on the inside. It may not show on the outside, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Always be kind to people because what you see on the outside, may not be a reflection of what is going on inside.

LaBelle, FL

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.

Baby Nessie’s?

I was taking a back road to try and get around all the construction and not really paying attention when I heard a very unusual noise. Kind of a pfft, huff, sigh. I had never heard such a noise before and started looking around. I saw them in the water, what the…? What in the world is that, its nose it too short for an alligator. I didn’t think iguanas could swim, not like that anyway. They were doing something like a breast stroke. Gathering my thoughts quickly I frantically tried to get my phone camera, but they had already passed by. I’m still not sure what they were, but it was still pretty cool.

Once I made it beyond the construction and started down the canal road, I stopped for a moment to take just two pictures. This is what my next 18 miles was going to look like.

But, I was tired from traveling through the construction and though its winter time, it was hot as the dickens. The road was hard to travel because the road was kind of wavy, the shoulder was at an angle and I was just plain tired. I was about 10 miles away from the city when it went dark.

I didn’t think darkness would be an issue because I had charged my headlight and the batteries in my tail light were still good. Little did I realize that my headlight would stop working. Not a problem, I have a spare headlight… lol, but I couldn’t find the batteries for it. (odd since I just stock piled on AA, AAA and D cells) I decided to hang my tent light on the side of the front to give me light towards the ground and use the flashlight for a head light.

I kept on going forward, but man did it seem like it took forever. My back was now hurting and I was getting even more tired. I kept thinking, look, green lights, I’m almost there. Then I started arguing with myself saying… you said that last time, lol.

Yes, I finally made it to Belle Glade; very late. I am spending the day here resting. The next couple of days should be a lot easier. The current temperature is 81°…. gotta love Florida winters! I can’t say too much, it should be getting chillier in the next couple of weeks.

Today’s tidbit: No one else may believe in you, but you need to believe in yourself. You can succeed.

Look! A Sunset!

Here are all the photos I promised. Not much going on, I’ve rested for an extra day and will be heading towards Belle Glade tomorrow morning.

Now how is that for a sunset? I was going across a canal when I saw the sun starting to set and thought ya’ll would enjoy it. I’m not on the coast yet, but I was able to get a sunset shot.

I also found this nice looking bicycle sitting all alone by itself, unlocked. It kept saying I’m nicer than your bike! Don’t worry I didn’t take it, I am definitely not a thief. But it sure was tempting.

Here are the photos of the plants on my trailer, they have grown a little bit since I hung them, but they do seem to be happy, even though it got very cold last night.

And finally the Iguana pics. I missed one of them as she zipped into her nesting hole on the side of the canal bank.

Today’s tidbit: One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

A song for everything

Songs can sound like your situation in life or your feelings and emotions. Those words can bring healing, and lift your spirits to a higher level. They can make you laugh and they can make you cry. They cannot bring back memories of the past and help your imagination soar to the future.

Music is wonderful!

There is a song called Free to be Me by Francesca Battistelli that says “Got a couple of dents in my fender, a couple rips in my jeans“. I think that was my 2019 theme song for the year with all the falls and accidents I had, then finally ending the year with a BANG… Literally.

I may be a little paranoid about crossing intersections at the moment, but I am doing very well.

Someone did the best they could to get my trailer fixed. Its a little warped and needs a new paint job now, but it is back together. I have also been given another bicycle.

I’ll decide later how I like the tires. They are supposed to be flat free with solid rubber instead of tubes. I just don’t know if it will feel the same, but tomorrow it gets its first run, going only 100 miles down to Ft. Lauderdale to get the rest of my stuff. Once I paint the trailer and repack, I will be going to the Gulf side of the state and will slowly make my way north, hoping to stay south of the cold weather.

I’ll keep you up to date as I go, but that’s all the updates for now.

Today’s tidbit: The waves of death engulfed me; the currents of chaos overwhelmed me. 2 Samuel 22:5

Chaos can muddle your thoughts and take over your thinking. Seek a place of peace to get your thoughts organized.

The good, the bad and the ugly…

I was heading down the street when this little lizard came out of no where and sat on top of my front basket case. He tried crawling up my arm, but it tickled too much so I found a tree to set him in.

That is the good. The ugly is so cute its not really ugly…

Not everyone thinks armadillos are cute, but I think they are adorable. I chased this little one away from the street so he wouldn’t get run over by a car. Which brings us to the bad.

This morning as I was headed to get something to take with me for lunch, I was crossing the intersection and a truck came through the intersection and hit me. It was too dark to take good photos but I will tell you that my bicycle and trailer are a total loss and everything in the trailer is getting soaking wet.

I need to go through everything, but my laptop has a crack on the corner of it. I will be backing up everything because the way its cracked, I am actually surprised it turned on to be able to type this up. I will see about backing up my data so its not a total loss too. I am stranded now so I will probably hike from here forward and get rid of everything that I can’t carry.

You say, at least I’m alive. I can honestly say only this. Satan has been trying to destroy me for years. This time he might have actually succeeded. I won’t be posting anymore. My mood is pretty crappy right now and I don’t want it rubbing off on anyone.

Thanks for letting me share everything up to this point, though I don’t think it was very beneficial to anyone.

That’s all

Today’s tidbit: Sometimes you need to take a break to rejuvenate. God took a day, so can you. And when you feel the whole world is against you, its time to step away from it and get refreshed.

Easy Ornaments

I love to make ornaments, especially when I need to save money.

If you buy a tree you can ask them for the branches and the bottom, but check to see if they have extras. There are lots of things you can make. The one thing that I’m not making this year is a garland, but that doesn’t stop me from making other stuff.

I collected tree bottoms and a couple of branches from the Christmas tree place. Cost was nothing but time.

Then I hit the dollar store. I bought some candles, ribbon, and other decorative stuff like flowers, berries and mini pine cones.

I sanded all the tree bottoms before starting. I really should make a video, lol… hindsight… anyway. Oh I also got a sheet of green felt from Walmart. I cut the felt to the size of the bottom I was working on, then glued it in place. I wrapped a branch around the edge of the bottom, tied it with some twine. Stuck flowers, berries and pine cones into the branch tied them with ribbon and glued a candle on top. All together it took less than an hour to make a couple of them.

Next, I decided to make some acorn wreaths. I used a ribbon holder center to align the acorns, and glued them together, then I glued a very small branch around the back. I also added ribbon and pine cone ornaments to them to make them different.

The kind of glue you use will determine how long they take to make. I tried stringing them(explains the holes), but they didn’t stay tight.

I make a wreath with the left over branch, flowers and pine cones.

And I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I also decided to try making a Christmas tree pine cone. I painted a few acorns (I’ll buy colored trinkets in the future, lol) and glued them to the pine cone. Everyone thought it was cute, but I’m still not sure I like how it came out.

I cut the bell, tear drop crosses and the stocking out of left over poplar scraps I had and I will be making a couple more of the hanging snowmen, but that is going to be it for now.

I will be leaving Ft. Pierce either this afternoon or in the morning and heading towards the west coast of Florida. Once there I will be heading north, but to be honest.. I am going to take my time. I do not like bone chilling cold weather! So much so, I almost decided to head down to the keys. OUCH! Forget that idea… $50 to set up a tent $55 if you want electric. I think I need enough money to buy some land and open my own campground.

It went down to 43 here last week, but now its back up into the 60’s at night 80’s during the day. Winter solstice is just around the corner and the coldest months are yet to come.

That’s about all.

Today’s tidbit: If you have to buy your way into a persons heart, your missing the point.

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