Our Last Rest Day!
In Tallahassee Florida today … We visited Wakulla State Park, Paul and I did some errands and the gypsies scattered across the city enjoying a day of sunshine!!
Not to be taken lightly, the sunshine has been a come and go friend since just before Austin, but after Austin, the dry days have barely kept pace with the wet ones. We’ve seen flood waters, and had people tell us that this is “an unusual spring”, but our gang has powered through it all, and with only 5 riding days left, we are now looking at a rain-free finish to our adventure!
The Deep South has been as much an adventure for the taste buds as the eyes. I’ve had grits, boiled peanuts, crawfish of course, Louisiana Gumbo … authentically cooked by a local cajun host … and even deep fried sweet pickles! (YUM!) I know, I know, … I’m a biker and will eat anything. But I’ve enjoyed it all, and look forward to some more.
Even with the rain, we’ve found time to party.
But, it hasn’t been without some serious emotional challenges for the group. Our good friend Steve from Great Britain, perhaps our strongest rider in the group, was hit by a car and seriously injured. He ended up in a level one trama center in Mobile Alabama, and Lois and I spent a night there awaiting results from his first surgery on his back, which was later followed by surgery on a broken femur. He will recover, but we all are missing his company and wonderful laugh.
So the remaining 11 move on. On across Mobile Bay on a ferry …
… through woodlands and swamps …
… and along quiet trails …
… till we reach our motel in Tallahassee.
After resting and sharing good meals WE didn’t cook, we’re ready for the final stretch to the coast!