Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Today we woke up after staying at a YMCA in Sarasota overnight. Chelsea Ball from The Ability Experience staff and our cycling coach Dean both departed us wishing the team well this morning. We put in about 40 miles through Florida on the way to Clearwater and I rode in a paceline with Andre, Brandon and Jesse. We rode through a bit of construction and rural area before making it into St. Pete’s for lunch on the beach at Smiley’s and The Undertow sponsored by Jason Jackson. We were able to take some time to relax and some of the guys went into the water for a bit. Leaving there we rode through town making our way to Largo where we visited the Disability Achievement Center and also had the opportunity to learn about the great work that Help Us Gather (HUG) is doing for the community. We then made our way to our lodging at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center. We were treated to an incredible dinner at The Salt Cracker Fish Camp by Frank Chivas on the water. Our trip to Clearwater was amazing and definitely a highlight of our trip!


Ryan Lugabihl