L to R: Tom Brown, Deborah Mule’, Jim Allen, Phil Mule’, Craig Culver, Bruce and Kathy Cockcroft

By Phil Mule’

At “Zero Dark Thirty” on June 21st, 2018, 5 hale and hardy riders met at the parking lot of the South Beach Grille for the 2018 Summer Solstice Ride. In addition to those riding we had a sendoff crew of the lovely Deborah Mule’ and Kathy Cockcroft and the not so lovely Craig Culver!

Coming from the north several of us encountered rain showers and the unexpected closure of SR 206 which required riding further south and doubling back along US 1 to 206. Despite the inconvenience we all arrived safely and a bit too early.

The ride’s planner, yours truly, was sure the solstice sunrise was at 605 AM. At 605 we were all still standing on the beach in the dark. Only a faint crimson sky foretold the arrival of Mr. Sol. Finally, at about 625 the sun broke through in a beautiful, but small, orange ball.

Following the burning of incense and ceremonial chanting we saddled up and headed for Bunnell and a Club provided breakfast. (Did I mention in my emails about the ride that the Club was buying breakfast!!) We then headed SW toward the highest point on the Florida peninsula and the Yalaha Bakery.

After a relaxing lunch at the Yalaha Bakery we mounted up and headed for home. Several of us stayed together till I-95 while others headed up US 301 and their homes. It was a soggy ride home. We encountered rain squalls several times on the surface roads and on the Interstate.

All in all it was another great Club ride. We’ll continue or Solstice ride come this winter. Come on and join us! Sleep is over rated!

Ride smart and safely