Traveling to Tallahassee

 

Small town Veteran's Day celebration, Quincy, FL
Small town Veteran’s Day celebration, Quincy, FL

Day 47- The cyclists put on their smiling faces this morning, clowning around on the swing set before their departure for Tallahassee.

Smile!
Smile!
Thanks, team
Thanks, team

Bill said it was a day of firsts; first morning we woke up to songbirds, first morning in the Eastern time zone (boy that Central time zone lasts a long time), and first Christmas music heard (in a Hardee’s where they stopped for a coffee break).

The cyclists had a pleasant ride with the sun out for most of the day.

Watch out for the alligators!
Watch out for the alligators!

With the overcast skies of the past few days, sunshine and cooler temps were greatly appreciated. The road surface wasn’t too bad either.

road surface
road surface

The team passed into the Eastern Time Zone after crossing the Apalachicola River west of the town of Chattahoochee.

Crossing the Apalachicola River, west of Chattahoochee
Crossing the Apalachicola River, west of Chattahoochee
Dam on the Apalachicola River
Dam on the Apalachicola River

As they cycled through Quincy, a Veteran’s Day celebration was taking place on the Courthouse lawn (see photo at top)- and a thanks to all our veterans and their families.

Cycling through Quincy
Cycling through Quincy
Small town America, Quincy, FL
Small town America,
Quincy, FL

On the outskirts of Midway, the team took a short lunch break. There is nothing quite as good as fresh garden tomatoes and thick bacon for a sandwich.  Then they were off for Tallahassee and a bike shop for a few items for the last few days of the trip.

Tallahassee was the stopping point for today’s ride and tomorrow will be a rest day. We are “resting” at Wakulla Springs Lodge.

Wakulla Springs Lodge
Wakulla Springs Lodge

 

Karen and Bill plan to cycle the St. Marks  Historic Railroad State Trail tomorrow, hike the trails in Wakulla State Park, and take the glass bottom boat tour of the Wakulla Springs. Doesn’t that sound like a restful day? Karen is itching to get on her bike.

The lodge at Wakulla Springs was built in 1937 and is a combination of Spanish-Moorish and art deco design making it an architectural landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

Back view of the Lodge
Back view of the Lodge
Looking towards the glass bottom boats from the Lodge
Looking towards the glass bottom boats from the Lodge
Swimming area viewed from the lodge
Swimming area viewed from the lodge

Time for dinner – more photos tomorrow.