Woke up early Sunday morning and rode to Dinner Key Marina to witness the sunrise over Biscayne Bay. Arrived there just in the nick of time to catch the sun greeting the new day and all the sailboats on the bay.
Rode to meet my cycling pals at Cocowalk Starbucks for our group ride across Venetian Causeway to South Beach. Everyone arrived by 7:45 AM and we headed out. The causeway is by far the safest and most picturesque way to get to and from South Beach from Downtown Miami. Early Sunday Mornings there is light traffic and the weather is still pleasant.
We took our usual rout to Ocean Drive so that we may enjoy the Art Deco Hotels, Palm Trees, Beach, and interesting characters. We rode to the southernmost end of Miami Beach were the new South Point Pier is located.
While there we noticed a guy who seemed to be a tourist was having some difficulty with his hybrid bike. I inquired about the problem and he pointed out that the protective cover to his large crank was loose and he could use a screwdriver if we had one.
It was his lucky day. Alfred must have been a Boy Scout and is always prepared for emergencies with the right tools for the job, patch kit, tube and air pump if need be. And that is how we happened to meet Juan Fernandez from Spain.
He was most grateful for the helping hand and we began to get acquainted. Turns out he is an Iberia Airlines pilot from Spain on loan to a Finish airline for a few month and based in Miami Beach for flights to Helsinki. The bike was recently purchased for his wife and he was taking it for short spin.
We told him that we were heading to Taste on 9th Ave. for their freshly baked muffins and brewed coffee and that he would be most welcome to join us. And he did.
We all had a great time chatting and getting to know one another. We exchanged cards and agreed to stay in touch and even offered to be each other’s house guest in the future.
That serendipitous encounter came about because cyclists are friendly, helpful and enjoy sharing with others. Looking forward to the next opportunity to ride and possibly make a new friend.