Day 50: High Springs, Florida – REST DAY

A sleepy morning at the Rustic Inn with breakfast and coffee from home. My brother, Henry and his granddaughter, Mekayla, had planned a morning visit with lunch in High Springs. We had found out it was Pioneer Days in town. Henry was right on time and we walked High Springs. It was bustling with vendor booths and live bluegrass music. The visit was great and my niece has become quite a gymnast.

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She made sure she demonstrated and quite rightfully so. A great lunch at Great Outdoors. My other brother called while we were waiting for lunch. It was a great visit. A nap, some organization, a nice early dinner at camp with Mariella and the crew and early to bed tonight for the penultimate day of 85 miles into Palatka before the finale on Monday.

The support and love has become incredible. I am so ever grateful. Peace.

Day 49: Live Oak to High Springs, Florida – 48 miles

The group was treated last night to an early childhood friend of Ray Charles and the previous mayor of Greenville, Florida, Mrs. Pritchard. She told us about when she was small and played with “RC”. She was almost 87 and had a remarkable life as an elementary educator as well. She was tremendous and a local treasure that the city of Greenville did not seem to appreciate anymore. She was brilliant and I found here a treasure. We rolled out of a busy Live Oak on s little different route than previously planned adding about 5 miles. It was another chamber of commerce ride. The route was gorgeous. We had first SAG at 23 miles and sagged again at 39 miles next to the Ichnutucknee Springs State Park. Lots of tubes going on. We then had our bud, Mr. Headwind, started to greet us again. We spent a little time on the Ichnutucknee Springs bike trail.

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This lead us to our camp in O’Leno State Park. A CCC park that is nice.

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The wife will join me for dinner and we are to go “jukin” tonight in High Springs at the Great Outdoors Trading Post and restaurant for music after dinner. Good thing I had a nap and a layover rest day tomorrow.

Day 48: Tallahassee to Live Oak, Florida – 77 miles

A nice roll out of east Tallahassee. A beautiful section of US 90 with great trees. We had our first SAG stop in the quaint town of Monticello at Tupelo’s Bakery. There was the county court house.

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The Monticello Opera House.

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We left there and went to SAG IN Greenville Park and the Ray Charles statue.

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We left there to have lunch in Madison at O’Neal’s Country buffet. Another courthouse.

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We left there for another SAG in Lee, Florida. Lee, little but proud. The Suwannee River.

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We had our constant friend the headwind after lunch into the Suwannee County Agriculture Fair grounds. The littlest free wheeler is en route. Peace.

Day 47: Marianna to Tallahassee, Florida – 75 miles

We were treated to a surprise after last night’s dinner. A 2016 C2C rider had a local friend who played tenor sax and played about 20-25 minutes of nice jazz with a finale of Harlem Nocturne. We left and back out on US 90. We went over the Apalachicola River just above below the dam.

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We went through Grand Ridge, Sneads and into Chatacoochee to the around the corner bakery for apple pie. We rode onto Quincy for another SAG and onto Midway and Tallahassee. A subway lunch and into the expanse of greater Tallahassee. A circumlocution of route in the city to keep us off the big and busy roads.

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A motel tonight and the littlest freewheeler tomorrow.

Day 46: DeFuniak Springs to Marianna, Florida – 69 miles

A nice surprise last night with a guest C and W singer at the campground after the Sunset Park Women’s club fixed us a homemade baked pork chop dinner with pie. The park below.

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We rolled out of Sunset Lake on a great asphalt road back to US 90. Wind was still so away we went into DeFuniak Springs and the oldest library in Florida.

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The old southern Victorian style homes around the lake were beautiful. There was a Chatauqua Hall of Brotherhood that was now the Chamber of Commerce.

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We headed out on 90 and first SAG at Caryville, Florida. Cool little city hall.

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Some rolling hills into lunch at Chipley. Our friend the headwind picked up after lunch and we came into Marianna. I needed a haircut & beard trim and across the street was Plaza barbershop. The barber, Charlie, had been cutting hair for 49 years in Marianna. Nice guy and a real barber shop. Arrived at Greenwood RV park and jumped into the lake for the cool down.

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Wife in Live Oak on Thursday. Thanks again for all the support.

Day 44: Dauphin Island, Alabama to Milton, Florida – 85 miles

Alabama we barely knew you. Another state! Florida. I was leaving Dauphin Island and some friends of Picot Floyd a very close friend of my brother and friend to me met me at the campground. They were there birding. They were so nice and took this picture.

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We boarded the Mobile Bay Ferry to Ft. Morgan on the other side of the bay.

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The headwinds were unmerciful. I was with different sized groups and took pulls of a mile and diced it up. At about 50 miles I was toast but rode into Pensacola for black bean burrito lunch. Was cajoled to get to a DQ at mile 63 through the historic Pensacola bluffs. I had a root beer float and a SAG ride to Milton. It was my only second SAG on the trip and it was right on time.

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Day 43: Dauphin Island, Alabama – REST DAY

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A longer sleep with another great layover breakfast of eggs, French toast, sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy and apple strudel. Put new rubber on both wheels before breakfast and a mechanical tweak and rode to downtown Dauphin Island and the Lighthouse bakery for coffee.

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The group took a tour of the civil war fort, Ft. Gaines. It was interesting.

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Some of the group went to the Sea Lab across from the camp. I was there yesterday. A cool esturarium. A nice lunch and nap. Ferry ride in the morning across Mobile Bay and big ride after. Thanks for the ongoing comments of love and support. Peace.