Today is a long, hot ride!
Start city: Tallahassee, FL
End city: Live Oak, FL
Total miles to date: 2755…less than 200 remain
Miles in Florida: 329
Pedaling time: 4 hours, 50 minutes
Avg. speed: 16.1 mph
Feet climbed: 2100
Fatigue factor: 7 out of 10
Wind: SE 5 mph, not much of a factor today
Road condition: 5 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 60 at ride start, 88 at ride finish
Florida: The birthplace of key lime pie.
We are in some familiar territory as we visit Tupelo’s Bakery in Monticello.
Loyal followers of this blog may remember that we did some (Florida) pre C2C training in mid February.
We are back visiting a very beautiful courthouse as we pass through the Jefferson County seat early in our ride.
History lesson time! Although he was born in Albany, Georgia, Ray Charles really grew up in Greenville, Florida. We visit his hometown and statue during a rest stop today.
Compared to Albany’s impressive rotating and music-playing life-sized Ray at a full-size baby grand… this one is a bit weak, but it’s a great photo-op.
In Madison we see one of Bubba’s favorite courthouses.
We have spent a good portion of this trip in pecan growing country. They are finally green, providing shade now and nuts later.
Speaking of shade, the live oaks, for which this region is famous and our overnight city is named, are abundant and beautiful to look at.
Tomorrow: Three rides to go, including an 80-miler into Gator country.
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