Preparing for Hermine

The National Weater Service has been warning about heavy rain and wind, flooding and other effects of Tropical Storm Hermine for over a week. So what’s the best way to prepare the day before landfall is expected? Get outside for a little fun before a day or more of being shut inside in the rain.

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With bikes in the back of the Suburban, we drove to Daytona to ride the Sweetheart Trail, a very short portion of the East Coast Greenway which connects Key West to Maine.

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We rode past the International Speedway Bridge, decorated with mosaics.

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And then just off the trail, we found Jackie Robinson Ballpark. In addition to being the home of the Tortugas, it’s also where you’ll find the Jackie Robinson Museum. We didn’t visit the museum since we already had a full day ahead.

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Less than a mile from the Atlantic, we continued riding east to spend a little time on the World’s Most Famous Beach. The overcast sky meant very few people so it was a perfect time to ride on a hard packed sand without dodging cars.

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Of course being so close to the boardwalk called for a short detour north to see how the area has changed in the forty years since I last spent time on this part of the beach.

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No time for the Jackie Robinson Museum but we learned about the history of motorcycle racing on Daytona Beach since this exhibit is located outside near the bandshell.

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After returning to the car and loading the bikes, we were off on Part 2 of our adventure with stops in New Smyrna Beach, Titusville and Melbourne to local quilt shops to purchase Florida Row by Row kits for Meghan’s upcoming quilt project. But not before a seafood lunch overlooking the Halifax River at Dolphin’s View.

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And how could we resist a stop at Canaveral National Seashore to see the storm approaching.

Hopefully we won’t experience too many ill effects from Hermine, but after a full day today, we’ll be ready to read and nap on a rainy Thursday.

And while it was good to play today, it was also nice to see the Volusia County Public Works trimming trees and the tree trimming trucks and power company trucks traveling north on I-95 getting positioned for possible storm damage.

Time to stay inside and stay safe.

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