Day 4. Monday, April 24 – North Sarasota to Punta Gorda, Florida

Monday 24 April 2017

An overcast, muggy morning greeted us as we pushed away from our hotel.  A light breeze on our shoulder and the steady roll of rush hour traffic whisked us past the beautiful campus of the University of South Florida and into downtown Sarasota.  Beautiful condos along the waterfront and shiny office buildings nestled among lush landscaping left no guess work to the amount of money in the area.  We did not linger, as we had visited this area years ago, but a picture stop was a Must!

 We realized we were on the southside of town, when the traffic congestion reversed it’s flow.  Landscaped berms, fancy gates and tall walls were all we could see of the homes nestled on both sides of the road.

Over the bridge from Nokomis, we decided to take a tour of Historic Venice,the Fishing Pier and beach.  We enjoyed a short rest at Sharky’s right on the beach and at the bottom of the pier.  It looked like a lively place for food, fun and drinks, but our morning arrival precluded a party.

Back out on our southern route, we had a short stretch of road, yet untouched by development.A light sprinkle followed us into lunch, but after our thirty minute break the sun was out and the wind had picked up.  With not much to see along the way and a brisk tail wind, our remaining 18 miles flew by.  We were thankful we were not facing this wind, today.

It was a good, albeit a bit long, ride today.  Thankfully, the weatherman delivered on the promise of a tale wind, so the extra miles were not as stressful.  That does not mean we did not use the 61+ mile day as an excuse for Cajun Jambalaya and Smoked Gouda Chicken Mac and Cheese.  Also, with the extra miles, we were able to find a place on the water and enjoy our first Florida sunset.

Short day tomorrow…..Nite!

4 Responses to “Day 4. Monday, April 24 – North Sarasota to Punta Gorda, Florida”

  1. Kim Says:

    Beautiful pictures and the food always looks delish. Safe biking.

  2. David Bailey Says:

    Way to go kids! Thanks for sharing your adventures !!

  3. Joann Says:

    Looks like you’re having a great trip. I love the west coast of Florida.

  4. Justin Says:

    Great shot trying to imitate a sailor! Coast, social and a sunset picture all in one day.

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