Dwayne Wade is an awesome basketball player who plays for a team called Miami Heat. In England our sports team names are often composed of two simple and uninteresting parts, one describing where the team is from e.g. Sheffield, Manchester, Wolverhampton and the second often appended in the shape of United, City or Wanderers. In the US it’s much more exciting. Not limited to a handful of choices such as united, city, wanderers etc. they’re much more creative with names like Bulls, Lakers, Celtics, Nicks, Mets, Heat, Mavericks, Hornets, Spurs, Rockets, Nuggets… the list goes on. So an Englishman should be forgiven for thinking that this vast array of team name appendages could have been randomly thought up by some sports aficionado. After 10 years of wondering why Miami chose to add the word ‘HEAT’ to their name, we finally have the answer. It was an unbelievably “scorchio” day today. It was so hot even the restaurants along Lincoln Avenue had fans on the sidewalk/pavement circulating cold air; Hotels along Ocean Drive were pumping out fine mists of freezing water to cool passers-by and Anthony could feel his skin cooking after a short 3 block walk…TAXI!
Despite the heat, we managed to have a very productive day purchasing a few essential clothing items, servicing the bikes (thank you Jack Ruiz of Miami Beach Bicycle Center), and designing a batch of business cards to distribute to all the people interested in our trip.
Tomorrow we begin again… 75 miles into Key Largo!