It was my first cruise discounting the overnight ferries between Finland and Sweden. We flew into Orlando on Thursday and stayed at Walt Disney World's All Star Music Resort.
|Swimming Pool at All Star Music Resort|
On Friday morning, we met Ashley and Bryan, Annabelle and Sonora, for breakfast. We then boarded a bus for Port Canaveral to meet our ship, the Disney Dream.
|Disney Cruise Line bus|
In the fitness center were recumbent bikes but no upright bikes. I needed to ride.
|Deck 11 aboard Disney Dream|
Castaway Cay is a private island leased by the Disney Cruise Line for use by their guests. After swimming for a while in the crystal-clear turquoise water I needed to go for a bike ride.
|Beach at Castaway Cay|
They had bike rentals on the island - $10 for one hour. All they had were "cruisers," many seemed to have rusted chains. I looked for one that had the best drive train and inflated tires.
There weren't a lot of places to ride. I followed a path to an old (inactive) runway to a special bike trail that was a one mile loop. At the end of the loop, back on the runway, I turned and followed the road as far as it would take me to the ocean.
|No longer an active runway. I hope.|
I turned around and went back to the loop. I rode it again. And again. Then took the road
back to the beach. And back to the loop.
|Part of the Bike Loop|
I didn't ride fast but I was faster than anyone on a bike. (Or foot.) Many people haven't heard "on your left" or "passing" as they took up the entire road with their parties of two or three or four. I smiled. I was having fun. No big deal.
After an hour I returned the bike. Apparently I was charged $10 for an hour but I sensed an hour could have been 240 minutes. But I don't know if I could have ridden that long on a cruiser. But regardless, it was a good day to be on a bike.
|Returning to the ship|