Pedaling across the Panhandle

Yesterday’s ride on day 45 was a little chilly, a little wet with occasional sprinkles of rain on our cyclists. Our cyclists left the wonderful hospitality of Gale and Mark Grass in Pensacola after getting the photo of the 3 brothers Bill, Mark, and Jeff.

The Brothers Grass
The Brothers Grass – Mark wishes he could have cycled with them
saying good-bye to Mark and Gale
saying good-bye to Mark and Gale
Heading down Baywalk Circle to the Scenic Highway, Pensacola
Heading down Baywalk Circle to the Scenic Highway, Pensacola
Headed towards Milton
Headed towards Milton
On the road towards Milton
On the road towards Milton

The cyclists stopped for lunch in Crestview where Kim located a Thai restaurant and got some hot soup (a crazy name) but good soup. Hot tea, hot soda, and sandwiches fed the other two cyclists. Once they were warmed up and fed, they were off for the last 22 miles to the pick up spot for the campground. We all headed into the town of DeFuniak Springs to locate a restaurant for dinner and to get propane for the RV so we could have heat during the night.

We ended up at a restaurant suggested by the salesman at the Ace Hardware, McClain’s Buffet – typical buffet food. The interesting decor can be seen in the photos below. Never take the advice of a propane sales clerk at an Ace Hardware in reference to restaurants. In fairness to him, the first restaurant he recommended (an Italian one) was closed on Mondays. Drat it, I was ready for a pizza.

Airplane models hanging in McClain's Buffet
Airplane models hanging in McClain’s Buffet
More model airplanes
More model airplanes

We traveled west of Defuniak Springs to reach the Sunset King Lake RV park, very nice campground, nice showers, laundry, site, and located on the shores of King Lake.

Day 46 – folks were ready to head to the stopping point for the start of their trip today and yes they were happy – just a little frustrated with a few flat tires.

Smiling Kim
Smiling Kim – Kim is always smiling

The cycle route took them into DeFuniak Springs which has an interesting natural, spring-fed lake in the center of town which used to be the site of Chautauqua Movement Winter Retreats back in the early 1900’s. ┬áSee information in the photos below.

Plaque about the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood
Plaque about the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood
Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood - DeFuniak Springs
Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood – DeFuniak Springs
View of the lake at DeFuniak Springs
View of the lake at DeFuniak Springs
The Lake at Park at DeFuniak Springs
The Lake at Park at DeFuniak Springs

The cyclists stopped today in Chipley for a quick lunch, then on to the Arrowhead Campground outside of Marianna, Fl where we are set up for the evening.

Tomorrow’s ride will take the cyclists into Tallahassee and the crazy photographer will try to capture their smiles.