Adam & Zoa fixed us breakfast, and then we got on with our day. Linda took her Mom to pick up her car and then left our Jeep at the Goodyear service center for an oil change and to check out a rattle in the engine.
While they were gone, the sun came out and it warmed up. I decided to take a bike ride. There are what they call multi-modal transportation trails along some of the major roads within The Villages. These trails are for golf carts, bicycles, and pedestrians. Also, on many of the roads, there are designated golf cart lanes which are also used by bikes.
I did a combination of transportation trails and roads. The transportation trails have numerous stop signs where they cross over the roads and there are also tunnels going under the roads.
This time of year, there are LOTS of golf carts (and Low Speed Vehicles - fancy golf carts that can go up to 25 mph) using the transportation trails going to the numerous golf courses, recreation centers, restaurants, and stores in the ever-expanding community which covers well over 20,000 acres.
While all the golf carts have to be within certain parameters, there is every type of design imaginable. Some look just like mini-cars of all brands. Many are decorated in sports team colors and symbols.
Anyway, much of my ride was pleasant, but it was a little nerve-wracking with all the golf carts around. Still, I got in about eight miles and had a good workout.
Back at the house, I was already sweaty, so I went for a mile and a half run on the quiet streets of my in-laws' village.
After that, I got the phone call that several things on the Jeep needed to be fixed. Of course, I was expecting that. Cha-ching. I clearly underbudgeted for Jeep maintenance and repairs for this year.
Zoa and Linda went back to pick up the Jeep and pay the $1,000 repair bill. Ouch.
When they got back, we all got ready and hopped on their golf carts. We rode along the transportation trails to one of the three Town Squares, the Sumter Lake Market Square. By then it had clouded up, and it was getting cooler.
I took a few photos as Adam and me followed Zoa and Linda.
When we got to the Square, we shared the road with "normal" vehicles.
We took the first two parking spots we could find, and walked in. Golf carts of every shape and color were lined up on the streets.
The Town Squares have shops and restaurants and live entertainment every single night. Also, there are drink shacks on the corners surrounding the bandstand, and it's 2-for-1 happy hour between 5:00 and 6:00 each evening.
We walked around the perimeter and the gals perused the vendors while we listened to the music.
Linda bought a headband and I took a picture of her with Zoa & Adam.
We found some open chairs up on a deck and sat down to listen to the band and watch the dancers.
The music was really good. It helped that it was from our era rather than from the era of the prior generation. :)
As the band finished up their set, we walked over to the Japanese steakhouse and had dinner. The food was good and we had a nice time.
After dinner, we walked back to the golf carts, turned on our lights, and drove back to the house.
Going to one of the squares, having a cocktail, and listening to the music, were things we missed during our last visit. So, we were happy to get to do that this time.
Tomorrow, Adam and I have a golf game scheduled. The last time I played was in November, so I'm looking forward to it ... although I have very low expectations of the results. :)