DAY 9 - THURSDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2012
Participants: Tam, Kev, India and Georgia
I wake up at
5.00am, but go back to sleep until 7.45am.
The curtain on the balcony is drawn back to reveal a glorious sunny morning with the surf crashing onto the beach. There is a slightly chilly breeze, but its still pleasant in the sunshine. India is already up, but Georgia has to be nudged gently awake. This is achieved using a 6-foot long pole.
Tickling is also an effective way to get someone out of bed.
Breakfast consists of cereals and tea and we then get ready for the day's activities, which are planned to include cycling along the coast, eating a late lunch at Captain Hirams and relaxing at the resort.
We have a quick look around the shop before India asks at the front desk if they have any leaflets on the local wildlife, but is told they dont. However, the lady asks what we are doing and, when told we are cycling, advises us that there are a couple of nice places to eat in Vero down by the beach, so we decide to cycle there later instead of going to Captain Hirams.
Off to Ebb and
Flos where it costs $60 to rent 4 bikes for the day. We set
off around 10.00am and follow the same route as Tam and I did
last year along the Jungle Trail to Pelican Island National
Wildlife Refuge. Its fairly simple to cycle as its so
flat, but we see little in the shape of wildlife except for a
raccoons bottom disappearing into the undergrowth.
At the wildlife refuge we walk along the boardwalk to the observation point. There is no one else around, so it makes for a pleasant experience. By the way, its been a bit chilly on the bike ride as there is a stiff North-Easterly breeze, its ok in the sun, but definitely on the nippy side in the shade.
We nearly broke into a verse of 'Doh, rah, me'.
On the way back we stop off at the beach in a couple of places where we dip our toes in the water and are surprised to find that its quite warm. I had expected the Atlantic to be cold at this time of year, but its not bad at all. Its far too rough (and chilly, weather wise) to actually swim, but the beach is deserted and we still enjoy it.
We now start to cycle down to the restaurants the lady at the front desk told us about. About an hour later we are still a little over half way there according to the rudimentary map we have. A decision is made to return to the resort whilst muttering about the lady behind the desk and what we would like to do to her. The ride back is harder than the ride down as its into a brisk headwind. We arrive back at 1.45pm. The decision to turn back was probably a good one given how long it would have taken had we cycled all the way to the restaurant and back.
We jump into
the car and drive to Vero and find the infamous restaurant that
caused 2 hours of unproductive cycling. At this point check-in
lady is finally forgiven as we eat at Mulligans, a place
right on the beach.
The food is mainly of the burger and wings variety, so this is what we have, except Georgia who has New England Clam Chowder. We eat outside, but its fine as one side is shielded from the wind by a drop down screen. The food is enjoyed by all, especially the Teriyaki Wings with Blue Cheese Dip. The bill comes to $90 including beers and tip. There is a car park next to the restaurant where stalls are starting to be set up. I guess this area comes to life in the evenings.
Back at the
resort by 4.00pm and Tam and I intend to re-enact a favourite
activity from our last visit by sitting on the lawn in the warm
sunshine enjoying a bottle of chilled Chardonnay. Well, best laid
plans and all that we find a spot thats not too
windy, but as the sun gets lower in the sky its getting far
too chilly to enjoy the wine. We last for 10 minutes before
beating a retreat to the room. Drinking the wine while laying on
the bed and watching the local news on TV is not quite the fun
experience I had in mind, even the adverts offering to cure
erectile dysfunction cant lift my spirits (or, indeed,
anything else). They do offer some strange products on US TV.
Still, the weather forecast for tomorrow is warmer at 74°F,
although still breezy. Its also going to get back to 80°F
by the weekend, so its all good. India cheers me up even
more with the news that its 7°C in Falmouth (her home
The extended bike ride has taken more out of everybody than we thought. The ladies are mostly snoozing while I write up my trip report. Getting them to move and have a shower proves difficult and impossible in Georgias case. She decides she is staying in bed this evening and reading her Kindle.
Tam, India and I get ready and leave for the Green Cabin Room at 7.30pm. The burgers we had for our late lunch are still filling us up, so there will be no food this evening. I try a Red Stag Lemonade, which is bourbon based and very nice. Inds has a Skinny Coconut Mojito, which she isnt keen on and Tam has a Tropical Infusion.
We talk about what to do tomorrow and decide that a quiet day would be a good idea, renting a cabana on the beach. I switch to an Agave Nectar Margarita, which cant be bad as I followed it up with another. The lady server remembers us from last night and asks where Georgia is. Tam tells her that she is in bed with her Kindle. The look on the ladies face suggests that she doesnt know what a Kindle is or why you would want to be in bed with one. She probably knows a cure for erectile dysfunction though. Its a strange land, America.
Tam gives up
the fight and retires to the room while India and I finish up our
drinks and talk about this and that.
Bed at 11.00pm.
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