Gainesville-Charlotte Biking Trip: June 4th, 2017

First thought: this town is a tourist trap. But these thoughts were met with regrets; my cynical sentiments were questioned by Cecilia, who had described the historical voracity of the walls of the tourist trap stores: they are made of the beach shells of St. Augustine. I thought they were veneers. I was wrong but concluded that it was still a tourist trap.

St. Augustine, FL -> Gainesville, FL

18:27 – The photoshoot turned out nicely. Cory pulled through with the faux-serious-ironic attitude that a more self-conscious Instagram account requires. Cecilia provided textural contrast with a glance away from the camera, as if the pose and photo were merely a small page in a much larger life to live. Dandelion wreaths adorned, the couple had been finally primed for a larger-than-life pose.

19:17 – Kody wouldn’t let up on his rising hairline. “I’m going bald” he would repeat over and over, fishing for a patronizing compliment from Cecilia. She would comply and the topic would be brought up again with each gust of the wind.

19:41 – They searched for shark teeth with no results. A middle-aged lady – with unparalleled confidence – told Cecilia that they would find such teeth in the piles of thicker sea deposits: the teeth would be sifted away from the finer grains of sand and shell. Another thirty minutes to no avail.

18:14 – First thought: this town is a tourist trap. But these thoughts were met with regrets; my cynical sentiments were questioned by Cecilia, who had described the historical voracity of the walls of the tourist trap stores: they are made of the beach shells of St. Augustine. I thought they were veneers. I was wrong but concluded that it was still a tourist trap.

23:00 (back in Gainesville, FL) – I hadn’t met up with Anthony before I left Gainesville. I will meet him at 9:00 tomorrow.

23:30 – Kody plays Sandstorm by Darude. I realize that the track will be the centerpiece of my eternally unrealized novel.

Author: aleksa

A recent graduate of University of Florida (B.A. in International Relations with a focus on Chinese Economics and Culture). Looking to do some good for disaster preparedness and environmental conservation within the United States and globally. This blog has to do with such topics. Though, many other times it has to do with interests: music, long-distance hiking, film theory, some pretentious philosophies, etc. With information tech, we have become inundated with thousands of sources of information each day. Only corporate algorithms are capable of sorting through them all. Human curation still means something. I hope to bring some good content. Because I seem to be finding great stuff everyday. I am unable to focus on hobbies. I have intermediate knowledge in photography and video-editing. I have a working knowledge of graphic and web design. I have spent almost two years with Chinese calligraphy. I make music.

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