The Sweet Smell of the Ocean

Today was a historic day for me; I reached the Atlantic Ocean. I can now put ‘cycled coast to coast of the USA’ on my CV! Of course, the plan is to cycle the ‘corners’ of the USA, but it is nice to have a tick in the box!

I surprised myself how emotional I was at seeing the Ocean; especially as I don’t even like beaches!


The moment from today that I will never forget was smelling the sea / salt water. It was incredible.

I smelt the salt water about 2-3miles before I arrived at the beach as I crossed a sea water river.

The second the scent of sea water went up my nose the most amazing feeling swept through my body, the hairs on my arms and legs stood up and, yes…..I cried like a little girl!! It was an unforgettable feeling and one I wish I could bottle, I can only imagine how good it will feel to run out of land to cycle in Key West on 1 November. I can’t wait now.

One thing I wasn’t ready for was how restricted access to the beach is in the USA, I had to cycle 2miles along the beach road before I found public access to the beach!

So to celebrate my achievement I am writing a blog by torch light (being attacked by bugs!) with a nice cold can of Icehouse lager. I might have two cans of lager in Key West!

Our friend Richard Boxhall (@richardonabike) is currently cycling 5,000 miles across the USA to raise money for ShelterBox UK and is currently blogging about life on the road, the places he sees and the people he meets . 

You can read a full account of his travels at

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