Just over 500 years ago, Juan Ponce de Leon “discovered” the state of Florida as he was looking for the fountain of youth. Today, we search for the fountain and find something that Ponce de Leon may have missed.
Here’s a cool building, the first library in DeFuniak Springs, circa 1886.
They would have torn this down in Atlanta a long time ago. The historic district in DeFuniak Springs is beautiful. Live oaks everywhere.
We spend another day fighting a light headwind. It feels like a gentle hand is holding the bike back.
Start city: DeFuniak Springs, FL
End city: Marianna, FL
Total miles to date: 2596
Miles in Florida: 178
Pedaling time: 4 hours, 28 minutes
Avg. speed: 15.5 mph
Feet climbed: 1750
Fatigue factor: 7 out of 10
Wind: E 5-10 mph, in our face all day
Road condition: 5 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 60 at ride start, 85 at ride finish
At the end of the ride, a mere half mile from our campground, we do find the fountain of youth. In fact, it could be the secret of life.
Ponce de Leon never had frozen yogurt. It makes anyone feel better after a 70-mile ride.
Before we go, we should bid adieu to Tent 6, where we will be spending our last night tonight.
Our last four nights are indoors, two in hotels and two in armories. We have been through a lot with Tent 6, which helped to make us experienced campers.
Tomorrow: Five rides to go. Will our legs hold up?
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