I must say for me this was a journey that could’ve made me or broke me. One that allowed me to really find out what I was made of.
I started out on my journey on July 27th, 2020 – Monday morning at 0815am, with my road leading to Jacksonville, Florida. The All-female ride was byway of Round Rock, Texas, arriving in Marathon, Florida, after 33 hours and 1658 miles of seat time. I stayed the night in Marathon then getting up the next morning heading to Key West, Florida. This journey was one that I decided to do earlier in the year. One of my goals was to hit up Key West for the Mile marker 0 and the Southernmost Point. I accomplished that GOAL! YEAH FOR ME!
After taking my “Selfies,” it was time to get in the road and head onto Jacksonville, Florida, which was 458 miles and seven hours away. Geez! I made it to Jacksonville after 9 hours. Guess who got lost? Yep me. I went through the hood, ended up on 95S going in circles, and with several missed calls from Jenn, the founder of the Jacksonville Female Ride. I ended up in downtown Jacksonville, tired, frustrated, and wet. But I finally made it to the Host Hotel, after Jenn demanded that I stay put downtown so she could come to get me. I must say the hotel was definitely prepared for the guest as far as keeping everything sanitized. When I got to my room, I found out that Jenn had gotten me seafood for dinner. Talk about hospitality!
Now onto the festivities that started early on July 30th with enjoying some downtime hitting up “The Avenues” Mall. We enjoyed dessert from DeLoozeycakes, which are to die for. YUMMY! Some of the ladies enjoyed eating seafood that was ordered back at the hotel in the breakfast area. The fellowship was an awesome experience. Even with the social distancing, and mask in place I had a wonderful time. YAAS!
Thursday night was perfect! The right amount of people – everyone was aware of each other’s space. The fellowship, the conversations, and the laughs were something. We hung out by the pool, then moved to the front of the hotel. I must say much Love to Rare Breed DJ (inside joke) who obliged me with playing some “Grown Folks” music for me. Yes, I got my groove on! Great selection on the playlist. Tonight was a great night!
Friday was registration time and the meet and greet, which was a sight to see with the female bikers pulling in! The energy was over the top, which was an indicator that everyone needed this break from reality. During the registration time, you were able to shop with the vendors, who were set up at the hotel. It was just overall great experience.
Friday, the day for the scheduled day for the All-Female Ride. OMG, I was so floored with the high number of participants, and the ones who wore tutus. It was truly an AMAZING site. The DJ played the right music that had the ladies dancing their little tutu’s off. There were more vendors, of course, lady riders love to shop. There was even a breakfast tent set up, where you could get muffins and coffee. Surprisingly enough, even with the COVID pandemic, the fun and excitement continued. The ride itself was an amazing one as always. I must say this trip to Jacksonville, Florida has been one of the highlights for my 2020!