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Author: Petra

We have a long mountainous 62 Mile ride ahead of us, and somehow getting up early seems more difficult today. Maybe it was yesterday's ride, to much fresh air, or the hot sun but getting ready this morning seems like a task. So we were not too upset once we find out that breakfast won't be available until 8:00.
We get up and are exited to see more of Romania. After our buffet-style breakfast we pack up quickly and go on our way to find more supplies for the day. Ron waits outside the little store to watch our bikes, and gets surrounded by several children asking for
Our day starts somewhat early, around 9:00 we get ready to start riding toward Făgăraș. On the way there, we plan on visiting Dracula's Castle (Bran Castle), which we are very excited about. As soon as we leave Brasov we start climbing gradually, but with the traffic being somewhat hectic and all the new sites to see, we don't think of the miles of climbing we are doing.
We wake up early to go sight-see in Basov today. But first we have breakfast at the hostel and apologize to our room mate in the dorm for waking him up at 01:30 last night. Thankfully, he is a very nice Australian Mate and ensures us that it was no problem. We also go ahead and book the beds for one more night, so we can really enjoy all the sites here.
05.00 (Hungarian time) Time to get up, freshen up, pack up and take off for the train station..We are going to take the longest train ride ever: the train to Brasov, Romania... come join us!   05:45 Riding through Budapest to the main train station

[caption id="attachment_2291" align="alignleft" width="300"] Wall Springs Park[/caption] Anstatt einfach nur auf eine 50 Km Radfahrt zu gehen, haben wir beschlossen der heutigen Fahrt eine Mission zu geben. Unsere Aufgabe war es einige Parks im nördlichen Pinellas Landkreis zu besuchen um unsere neue Kamera mit eingebauten GPS...

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[caption id="attachment_2204" align="alignright" width="300"] Checking the Maps[/caption] Less than two months to our summervacation, and we realized we still have a lot of things to do to get ready. Since it is raining today and neither one of us feels like 'training' in the rain, we decided to do some prep work.
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Our first night at Ft. Desoto Campground was pretty eventless, besides our little Raccoon friend chattering at us at times and some birds sounding off it was very quiet. Since we didn’t put the top on our tent we had a nice breeze finding its way through the tent-meshing that kept us comfortable.
Seems like we are not the only ones enjoying these little weekend bike tours. Although bicycle touring in Florida is not such a big hit. It looks as if our little group keeps growing bigger with each little adventure we are taking on; and since we really like sharing some of the fun we absolutely enjoyed having everybody come with us this last weekend. In all there were seven of us riding and one lucky dog that came along for the ride in his very own rickshaw. [caption id="attachment_19401" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Florida weekend bicycle tour Lucky little dog![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1429" align="aligncenter" width="660"]The Crew Our little adventure group[/caption] Although it is wonderful to discover far-away, exotic places. A lot of times it is just as nice and sometimes just as adventurous, to go on an overnighter bicycle tour right here in Florida. Since I was feeling a little jealous of Ron's little getaway last weekend I was really itching to go on a little bike-camp-trip myself. Of course it didn't take a lot of arm twisting to get Ron to go along, so we planned on a weekend bicycle tour starting right after work on Friday. I rode my bike with panniers packed to work, where Ron and our friend Sam met up with me after work to pedal through Starkey Park, up the Suncoast trail to a primitive campground near the trail on SR 52.