The day dawned with cloud cover. It turns out that there were some showers during the night which will have no impact on our day.
Start city: Gainesville, FL
End city: Palatka, FL
Total miles to date: 2890…about 35 left!
Miles in Florida: 464
Pedaling time: 3 hours, 23 minutes
Avg. speed: 16.1 mph
Feet climbed: 950
Fatigue factor: 5 out of 10
Wind: SE 5 mph, not at all annoying
Road condition: 5 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 68 at ride start, 86 at ride finish
This really is gator country. We take a short hike off the trail and see Paynes Prairie which is home to lots of gators.
This is a meticulously maintained state park and trail and presents many photo ops.
We share a rest stop with professional chocolate milk (and shake) drinkers Mary and Andrew.
We decide we might as well join in the tradition before time runs out!
We lunch at the oldest diner in the state of Florida, which might also boast the slowest service. Good thing “bikers” are welcome.
Luckily we are in no hurry. The ride is done and our hotel rooms are not ready yet.
51 rides down and one to go! We trained and shopped for over a year, and here we sit in Palatka, Florida just 35 miles from accomplishing our goal.
Thanks so much for all of the congratulations that are pouring in. We’ve loved doing the blog and getting your feedback.
Many of you have been asking how we feel – it’s an exciting and emotional time. We’ve been in the saddle for about 200 hours. The journey HAS been epic, it’s been fun, yet grueling, and we are both physically drained.
Tomorrow: our final day comes with lots of celebrations. Forgive us if we don’t have time to post. We promise to share the next day.