It rained last night, the usual summer showers it actually cooled the temperature down quite a bit.
I woke up early this morning, early being 5AM and I couldn’t go back to sleep.
When I stepped outside it was still so very cool out I decided to take the bike out for a ride.
It was 6:30 when I left, it was just getting light out but the sun wasn’t quite up yet.
The air felt crisp and cool against my face. I decided to head south.
Riding clears my head, you have to focus on the bike and everything around you and it doesn’t leave room for much else.
Heading down Alt. 19 I could smell the salt air as I passed over the river heading into Tarpon Springs.
The Sponge Docks were still quiet and there were no cars on the road as of yet.
I passed through town and continued south and I decided Palm Harbor would be my turn around point.
As I passed by Innisbrook they we’re watering the golf course where it ran along the road there and I could smell the sulfur in the water.
I find it amazing how much clearer senses are when out on the bike.
When I reached Palm Harbor I turned onto Florida Ave and drove up passed all the shops and restaurants.
No a soul stirred there, it was so quiet, peaceful.
From there I turned back north up Alt. 19 and at Klosterman I turned west. I cruised up along there till I got to Sunset Beach.
The sun was just now making it’s way up over the horizon. The water was perfectly calm, mirror like, broken only by some jumping mullet
and a group of early morning paddle boarders out on the water.
After leaving there I rode around the bayou in Tarpon Springs, the water now reflecting the rising sun.
It was glorious! I need to remember to start carrying my camera when I’m riding so I can take some pictures.
I rode back through Tarpon Springs and headed to Starbucks for a cup of coffee and some breakfast.
After leaving there I headed north again but this time taking a side road. Anclote Road.
It twists and turns along the river for a bit then turns and parallels the coast.
It passes by three parks and a bird sanctuary and changes name 4 times before it ends in New Port Richey.
It was still cool and I didn’t want to stop so I headed up Grand Blvd through the city of New Port Richey.
Once past Main Street the road winds along the Cottee River.
Again it was wonderful seeing it in this manner, slow moving boats making their way out to the Gulf.
A few people walking along the path on the edge of the river.
Where Grand Blvd ends at US 19 I turned around and headed back.
All in all I put on 50 miles this morning.
An exhilarating way to start the day.