Miami day 2 – South Beach and Sun

Every day above ground is a good day – Scarface

We got a little bit of a sleep in this morning which was definitely appreciated. Aimee was still feeling like very sick unfortunately. She popped some cold and flu tablets and was determined to still enjoy our time in Miami. She decided to still go on our bike tour of Miami that we had booked for this morning.

We decided to walk to the bike hire shop that we were told was right around the corner which happened to be like ten blocks away. This was 9:30 in the morning and it was already pretty damn hot. We got to the bike place and took off on the tour with some of our Contiki buddies.

The guy that ran the tour was pretty weird, he knew a lot of obscure facts about Miami though. Our last bike tour guide in the Grand Canyon was absolutely amazing. This one, not so much. He reminded me of one of Homer Simpson’s nerd college roommates in that episode where he went back to college. What was supposed to be a 2 hour ride turned into 3.5 hours in 30+ degree heat. Ronnie was trying to keep his new tattoo out of the sun as you can’t put sunscreen on a new tattoo which proved to be a difficult task.


The highlights of this tour was just looking at Miami and how wonderful of a place it is. We rode past the palm trees of south beach, saw the Scarface house, visited the holocaust memorial, cycled around the Biscayne Bay, went to the place where Versace was shot on his own doorstep and just cycled around what is really a beautiful area.


Though at every place we stopped the guy kept pulling up in the sun and talking for so long  which was difficult to tolerate. Aimee was feeling very unwell and the sun was making this worse. We finally got back to the bike shop and headed the ten blocks back to the hotel. As soon as we arrived at the hotel Aimee realised that she left her phone in the little bag on the bike. ugh! She was too sick to go back and very overheated. Ronnie was pretty upset about having to go back, but he ran the ten blocks to retrieve the phone. We would have struggled without this phone so it was worth the run in the sun.  We finally were in the hotel room after 4 hours in the sun and we were both completely exhausted. We also missed breakfast this morning, it was 1pm and we had not eaten. Exhausted, hot, sick and hungry was not a good combination.

We laid in the air conditioning for like half an hour to cool down. We wanted to do this for longer but we were just so hungry. We went over to Lincoln road which is a really nice pedestrian street that has a lot of shopping stalls and eating venues. We went to a French bakery/restaurant called ‘Paul’. We got some Brie baguettes with sweet honey butter. Delicious! Top quality sandwich. Well impressed. It came with our choice of dessert too, We chose custard tart with raspberries and powdered sugar. We needed that, it definitely filled a hole, though the air conditioning wasn’t great in there so our body temperature was still really high. We swung by Starbucks and bought icy strawberry acai refresher. It really did the trick. Brought our body temperature down and we started feeling better. We walked back to the hotel so that we could get a bit more rest before tonight.

We were supposed to be going on a party cruise on Biscayne bay tonight, but after the day we have had and the way Aimee was feeling, partying and drinking was really at the bottom of the list of things we felt like doing. We decided we would get some dinner tonight and spend the rest of the night In the air conditioning in the room.

We went across the road and grabbed some five guys for dinner. Always an awesome burger, so juicy and delicious. The Tony awards were on tonight too so that was perfect. As we intend to see several broadway shows in New York, was great to watch the performance to assist in our decision. It was a quiet but good night to start feeling better get rejuvenated for Daytona beach tomorrow.

Much love

Ronnie & Aimee.

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