This afternoon, while looking for the perfect photo to make a birthday card, I went through a number of old (read: four to eight years ago) photo files. They brought back terrific memories, especially those from 2005. So, here’s a little nostalgia. (Click the photos for more information.)
What I remember vividly about Super Bowl week 2005 is the great number of people around Downtown Jacksonville. There were pedestrians everywhere: crossing the Main Street Bridge, along East Bay Street, in Friendship Park and at The Landing, on both Riverwalks. Pedicab companies were in town, and stretch limos were popular choices as well. At night, the Main Street bridge was closed to vehicles, and it was a great thrill to ride a bike across the bridge in the traffic lane.
One of my most distinct memories is riding down from Springfield with a friend Friday night. We wanted to see the action and feel the energy. At Main and Bay, it was easy enough to ride our bikes. At Bay and Newnan, we had to start walking our bikes. By the time we got to Catherine Street, we had to lock up the bikes. Why? Because pedestrian traffic was that thick. I’ve never been so happy to give up my bike for walking.