Today was all about taking it easy and enjoying myself. I’ve decided to go to Jacksonville beach instead of St Augustine as I’m on the right path for it and I don’t have to get my maps out to navigate, also it’s a larger city so I should be good to get a rental car to go down to Orlando easily. It was a nice fresh morning and my legs felt pretty good, I did about 10 miles before stopping at a mini market for a sandwich. I had to keep telling myself not to push myself and take my time. Music on, the world is so much more beautiful with a soundtrack. I had a slight headwind but it could do all it wanted, nothing’s gonna get me down today. I got to a place called Madison shortly after 10 and decided I’d stop for some good food. My 10 o’clock meal usual makes my morning and gives me energy for the afternoon. I saw a local buffet and thought I’d pop in. Buffets are great for this kind of thing, I’m burning about 8,000+ calories a day so know how to get my monies worth. It’s called O’Neals country buffet in Madison, I was there for a little while and ate a few plates of food which was delicious. The thing that really made it were the people, I told them what I was doing and got chatting to them. They were so nice. I got my meal paid for by them and my picture taken to go into the local paper. This was a great start to my last full day.
The food gave me all the energy I needed to get through the morning and into the afternoon. The birds were singing, the sun shinning ( a little too much now as I’m burnt again). It’s weird I decided to take it easy, stop well before dark and well before I was tired and still managed 128 miles. I finished up in a town called Baldwin about 36 miles to the beach which I’ll head for early tomorrow morning. Couldn’t have asked for a better penultimate day. I’m siting here in my $35 motel, a broken TV and sipping on a bottle of $2 beer from the service station. Tomorrows going to be emotional.