Date: 6/28/03 2:48:10 PM !!!First Boot!!!
I've had a great 2 days in St. Augustine, the oldest continuous town in America. Founded in 1565, it's Americas oldest permanently settled city. Even though I wasn't sure what I was going to do when I got here, things worked out really well. I was able to stay in 2 motels for free, check out Ripley's Museum, Potter's Wax Museum, Ponce De Leon's Fountain of Youth, visit Old St Augustine Village, see Lightner's Museum, visit the Old Jail, see Florida Heritage Museum, tour San Sebastian Winery, visit Castillo De San Marcos National Park, and ride the Old Town Trolley all for free. I also got to go on a Harbor Cruise for free and get a close up view of St Augustine Lighthouse.
Learning about all the history in this town was so neat, and there was so much to see! This place was here before Jamestown and Plymouth Massachussetts were even thought about. Riding the trolley was fun, too. You could jump off whenever you wanted and then catch the next one that came along when you were ready to continue. The people were kind, and I had a wonderful 2 days there.
From St Augustine I'll continue on north up Hwy A1A and skirt around the east edge of Jacksonville. Then I'll head inland a little bit and pick up Hwy 17 and take it most of the way up north. It's terribly hot and muggy -- and I do mean MUGGY -- down here. This is the only time on my trip that sweat is actually dripping from my arms when I'm pushing my cart. The scenery is great, and I've really enjoyed Florida. In fact, Florida is the only place where I'll have spent 2 entire months at.
Now that I've made it to the east coast and have started heading north to Washington DC, I feel like my walk is almost finished. The end of this trip is in sight, and I'll be there shortly. At the end of September, this trip will be over. I've got a little over 700 more miles to go. I can almost see it from here.
Y'all take care and have a fun and safe 4th of July! KB
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