Cue “Chariots of Fire”

Day 52 – the last day of the ride!

The team left Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in the RV

Team GGJV leaves on their last day of cycling from State Park headed towards to St. Augustine
Team GGJV leaves on their last day of cycling from State Park headed towards to St. Augustine wearing their Southern Tier shirts

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.

Palatka-Lake Butler Bicycle Trail
Palatka-Lake Butler Bicycle Trail

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.

Crossing the St. John's River, Palatka
Crossing the St. John’s River, Palatka

They needed their sustenance for the few short miles into St. Augustine.

RV crossing the St. John's River
RV crossing the St. John’s River
East Palatka - St. John's River - snack break
East Palatka – St. John’s River – snack break

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

Cycling through St. Augustine
Cycling through St. Augustine
Ponce de Leon Statue, St. Augustine
Ponce de Leon Statue, St. Augustine
Arriving at St. Augustine Beach with Adventure Cycling Group
Arriving at St. Augustine Beach with Adventure Cycling Group

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,

Done!
Done!
and done!
and done!

the team cycled back to our campsite in Anastasia State Park, located right on St. Augustine beach.  Celebratory beverages were enjoyed by all.

Celebratory beverages
Celebratory beverages

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!

6 thoughts on “Cue “Chariots of Fire””

  1. Thank you, Karen, for wonderful reporting & great photos! It was a lot of fun following along. Looking forward to some stories.

    betsy

    1. Dear Betsy, thanks so much for “following”… I know my reporting was a little one-sided and that Jeff and Kim will have great stories to relate as well. Sending them home soon to tell those stories!

    1. Thanks, Carol, so glad you could follow. Indeed, it was an amazing adventure! What a country we have! See you soon.

    1. Dear Mark, Thanks for following, for your comments and thoughts throughout the trip. Wish you could have cycled some with them. Here’s to next summer’s sailing trip.

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