Home, Sweet, Pensacola, Home

Sunset, J T's Grill, Dauphin Island
Sunset, J T’s Grill, Dauphin Island

Yesterday’s ride (Day 43)began after taking the ferry from right

Windy ferry ride - Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan
Windy ferry ride – Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan

outside our campground on Dauphin Island over to Fort Morgan, AL.

Leaving from Fort Morgan, AL
Leaving from Fort Morgan, AL

The ride yesterday was mainly along the “outer banks” of Alabama and Florida with many miles on lovely bicycle trails. The locals refer to the Alabama section as Gulf Shores and the Florida section as Perdido Key.

Bike Trail on the Gulf Shores of Alabama
Bike Trail on the Gulf Shores of Alabama

While I waited patiently for them at The Florabama, they had made a pastry stop at Cafe Beignet in Gulf Shores (where they met Ray).

Cafe Beignet, Gulf Shores, AL
Cafe Beignet, Gulf Shores, AL and Ray

Finally arriving at the Florabama, we were treated to an early lunch by Jeff. (a side note – my daughter, Kristi, and some of her friends celebrated a military achievement by one of the friends at The Florabama almost 20 years ago. When I posted the photo yesterday, she was amazed at the changes to the area. She said when she went it was out in the middle of nowhere. Not so, today.)

The Sag Wagon driver and her Cyclist
The Sag Wagon driver and her Cyclist

The highlight of the day was arriving at the Pensacola home of the third Grass brother, Mark.  We all were so thankful to be welcomed into his and Gale’s home with nice showers, no mosquitoes, a great steak dinner and comfortable beds (ones you don’t have to climb up into). The evening was spent listening to  many family stories and recounting experiences from our trip so far.

Home, Sweet, Pensacola, Home of Gale and Mark Grass
Home, Sweet, Pensacola, Home of Gale and Mark Grass

Additional birthday gifts had arrived for Karen and Bill – Bill’s BumperQ – a grill that attaches to the RV bumper – and will allow us to have steaks, burgers, and fish  cooked on the grill for the last 10 days of our trip across country. Karen also received another Gypsy Runner cycling skirt – Thanks, Jeff and Kim. And thanks Amy Lambert for the extra decals!; will be putting those decals on the RV!

BillsBumperQ will really improve fixing dinner these last few weeks of our trip across country
BillsBumperQ will really improve fixing dinner these last few weeks of our trip across country
Thanks, Gypsy Runner, Amy Lambert - and Jeff and Kim
Thanks, Gypsy Runner, Amy Lambert – and Jeff and Kim

Today is a day of rest and it is also raining. These weekend storms have become a pattern.  Time for a movie and a trip to a Barnes and Noble – it’s been a while!

Here’s what laid-back looks like on a rest day. Thanks, Mark, for the great internet connection. Thanks to the both of you for welcoming us into your comfortable, wonderful home

Everyone taking advantage of Mark's great internet!
Everyone taking advantage of Mark’s great internet!
Mark, the real tech guru, enjoying his Sunday coffee!
Mark, the real tech guru, enjoying his Sunday coffee!

Tomorrow – day 45 – headed to Defuniak Springs, FL –