Day 52 – the last day of the ride!
The team left Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in the RV
as I had shirked my duties and taken off for a hike into the ravine in park and then cycled to their starting point in Putnam on 12 miles of excellent bicycle trails. The team parked the RV in Putnam and took off on the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail, towards Palatka.
The trail ended in Carraway where they took to the road. After cycling through town and crossing over the St. John’s RIver, I managed to meet up with them for a short snack break.
They needed their sustenance for the few short miles into St. Augustine.
They also decided to take a more direct route as suggested by cyclist they had met earlier in the day on the trail, passing through Hastings where I captured them in front of the first mileage sign for St. Augustine – 18 miles to go.
After a few wrong turns the team traveled into St. Augustine
and caught up with a few of the cyclists who were traveling with an Adventure Cycling group. The Adventure Cycling group had left San Diego two weeks before our team started. I told you our group was fast!
After a quick trek in the sand towards the Atlantic Ocean,
the team cycled back to our campsite in Anastasia State Park, located right on St. Augustine beach. Celebratory beverages were enjoyed by all.
Kim whipped up a delicious meal of sausages, sour cabbage, and a squash medley (our produce from the TomatoMan is going a long way).
While the cycling trip has come to an end, we are spending a few more days in St. Augustine prior to sending Jeff and Kim back to Denver on Thursday, November 19th.
This has been an amazing journey and we all have great stories to share with our kids and grandkids. America IS a beautiful country and filled with unique and inspiring people including my team – thanks Jeff for providing us the opportunity to join you on this great adventure, thanks Kim for all your smiles and cooking and suggestions for different routes 🙂 and thanks, Bill, for believing that you could do this even though you think you are an “old” man. I love you all. The SAG Wagon driver signing off from the Great Grass Joint Venture!