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swam in the waves and in the early afternoon
rode my bike over the venetian way to downtown miami.
feels great having my own 2 wheels -
i see things in a different way and get to places faster.
and such a more accurate ride than a beach cruiser - the road bike goes
where i want to
and handlebar brakes feel a lot safer than pedal brakes.
downtown fancy hotels and fancy high rise condos -
with passed out homeless and crackheads just one block away.
so many here just drive to these gated dwellings.
just drop off their cars to the valet parking guys for a 15 dollar.
hard to see the poverty just around the corner.
On North Miami Ave there is a yard sale -
an older hatian guy and a younger Bahamian.
I ask him if I should go there with my free jetblue bonus ticket, but
mexico seems a more convenient option.
$erge, the artist, is painting a martin Luther King Mural on Martin
Luther King Boulevard which is 62nd st NW by the I95.
In the houses nearby some people just chill out drink beers and smoke
blunts on their porches
There is a market a few blocks down
some women sell vegetables out of their pickup trucks or tables.
pumpkins, turnips, macaroni is what they sell.
no fruit at all.
I switch to french when I kid asks me if i speak the language.
he lets me take his picture -
when i show some prints of the vodou ladies I took a few nights before
his mother and her friends let me photograph them.
it is always good to carry with me some 20 cent walgreens prints.
I love the architecture of downtown miami -
old buildings and new high rises blend and match
upscale and desolate -
and sleek towers -
adjacent worlds apart.
on the causeway to key biscayne
it is already dark -
on Virginia key on my way to the dive bar Jimbo's
there are no street light but
the moon is bright and I can see the road ahead of me.
people are playing bocce on the most uneven field [?]
a south beach girl is getting drunk with her apparently german fling.
some latino photographer is shooting a semi naked latina girl wearing a
furcoat in the backseat of a convertible car.
my odometer says 28 miles - i get some 2 dollar bud lite can and 2
dollar smoked fish.
8pm ride back to south beach
36 miles total
my feet and my butt are sore -
my legs are ok.
need better cycling shoes and maybe padded shorts rather than swim trunks