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  • Writer's pictureMel Dick

The "Wall"

Warm, sunny, humid and windy today. 80 mile ride, currently in Vero Beach Florida. The day was really a great day with lot's sun. I hit the proverbial "Wall" early and struggled throughout the day. I could blame it on the heat and wind and that's what I kept telling myself during the ride as I stopped for rest and water every 3-7 miles. But, I didn't really pay attention to what I ate and a diet of 2 Dunkin Donuts, a strawberry lemonade from Wendy's, an ice cream bar from a bait shop and drinking Diet Coke and Diet Mountain Dew likely made the day harder than need be.

Not many opportunities for pictures or places to stop for food on the route today. Seemed like all I did was ride between condo's and homes on the oceanfront and water as much of the day was on the Intracoastal Waterway. So what is the Intracoastal Waterway? It is a 3,000-mile (4,800 km) inland waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of the United States, running from Boston, Massachusetts, southward along the Atlantic Seaboard and around the southern tip of Florida, then following the Gulf Coast to Brownsville, Texas. Some sections of the waterway consist of natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays, and sounds, while others are artificial canals. It provides a navigable route along its length without many of the hazards of travel on the open sea.

Heading to West Palm Beach tomorrow to spend 2-3 days visiting friends who used to live in Sandpoint. Thanks to everyone for your donations to the cause. Please share my website with all your friends and encourage them to consider supporting the Sandpoint Rotary Youth Services programs through my ride. If you haven't had an opportunity to donate you can do so by going to and simply click on the donate button. A small donation will go a long way to making a difference in the lives of our community youth. Your support is much appreciated and really helped me keep going today.

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