Submersing oneself in this bubbling environment on a hot, sunny day is an experience filled with endless sensations and curiosities. There are children running about, shouting; surfers proving their skills and failing; attractive young people of various races lounging on the beach, playing games and congregating; fishermen with their complicated gear on rolling devices; old men and women with protuberant bellies and thighs to match; lovers of all ages walking on the beach hand-in-hand; and striped blue and white umbrellas and lounge chairs. The whole is characteristic of what has become the singular flavour of Daytona Beach, America's most famous beach resort. Oddly the vehicular traffic on designated parts of the beach is the least noticeable feature of the place. If I notice anything about the traffic it is that the automobiles (which not surprisingly include those makes and models one would expect to see upon a beach - Jeeps, convertibles, trucks and SUVs) creep along the beach so slowly as to appear preposterous. In spite of its purported liberality, the beach is strictly overseen by the ubiquitous beach patrol (which among other prohibitions restricts speed and location of vehicles, dogs, drugs and booze). What I have seen so far of the motorcycle crowd is that they are sophisticated aficionados with expensive toys. I presume the same can be said of the car racing crowd.
As I cycled past the large pier the congestion on the beach began to melt incrementally. Though my inquisitiveness to go further was great I had to force myself to turn back so I didn't overextend myself. I can only imagine how far one can continue on the beach before it becomes impassable. Next year we've contracted an apartment closer to Daytona Beach and I suspect I'll wander in this direction more regularly. It is pleasing to know there are as yet undiscovered venues at the north end of the beach. I confess that as much as I appreciate the tranquillity of Ponce Inlet I am uplifted by the more spirited social surroundings of Daytona Beach. If nothing else the historic beach life of the area is worth investigating.