Gear Up Florida is an annual 800 mile bike ride that raises money and awareness for people with disabilities. These posts document my journey from Miami to Tallahassee, Fla.

Tallahassee (70 miles)

Better late than never, right? It has now been a little over a month since I’ve come back from Gear Up Florida and I’m sure you’re wondering why I chose today (43 days later, to be exact) as a fitting time to write about the last day of the trip.

Well, it wasn’t my intention. Upon arriving home from Tallahassee at the end of May, I had a solid

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Live Oak (100 miles)

Today was century day – that’s 100 miles! The air temperature was right around 100 degrees as well. It was definitely one of the more difficult rides. In the middle of it, I began to have some issues with my cleats. There are plastic (or metal) cleats that attach to the underside of cycling shoes which ‘clip in’ to the bike’s pedals. These allow you to pull up each pedal

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Jacksonville (65 miles)

Today’s 65 mile ride took us into the Jacksonville area. We made an arrival at Lighthouse Learning Center, a division of Challenge Enterprises. The school’s mission is to prepare preschool age children with disabilities to enter the public school system. The coolest part of the facility had to be a place called Snoozeland, a sensory stimulation room they use to calm children by appealing to their various senses. It was

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Gainesville (50 miles)

It was another early morning of cycling for the Gear Up Florida team. We left Ocala and rode about 44 miles into Gainsville where we prepared for an exciting police escort into today’s friendship visit. Police officers on motorcycles led our fleet of cyclists and vans 6 miles through the streets of Gainsville to the Arc of Alachua County.

We were greeted by cheers from the crowd and when we

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