Riding for Ray towards Gainesville

Getting ready to leave Suwannee River State Park
Getting ready to leave Suwannee River State Park

Day 50 began at the Suwannee River State Park where the team cycled off to earn some miles for Ray Spooner, whom we had met the day before. While I traveled to the motel a few miles from the town of Madison to alert Ray’s team to terrible road conditions for his next 12 miles, our GGJV team traveled on to Welborn.  They stoppped at Bill’s Butts BBQ for a great breakfast, great service, great hospitality and cheap prices.

Meanwhile I had located Ray and his team and advised them that the next 12 miles of their route was being paved and the surface of the shoulder was criss-cross corrugated and not suitable to his trike or the single riders with him. They were grateful and mapped out a different route.

The team spent the day traveling  to O’Leno State Park on back country roads with beautiful farms and not much traffic.

Cycling towards Gainesville
Cycling towards Gainesville

Kim took charge of dinner (again) and used the leftover chicken to make a scrumptious Chicken Cacciatore dish with vegetables we had purchased from the TomatoMan (a roadside produce stand) the day before. After another campfire, the team tucked in for a restful night sleep.

campfire
campfire 

Tomorrow’s plan is Gainesville and beyond.

 

2 thoughts on “Riding for Ray towards Gainesville”

    1. What a beautiful tribute to all your friends! You are so special to us Ray and gave us much inspiration! Will get our videos from the dipping and the photos from our visits/water stops along the way to you by way of a flashdrive. Safe journey home to Illinois.

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