Way Down Upon the Suwannee River!

 

Crossing the Suwannee River outside Madison, FL
Crossing the Suwannee River outside Madison, FL

Day 49 -With those nice rest days at Wakulla Springs and being spoiled with great free breakfasts, the team headed off towards Madison with a destination of camping at the Suwannee River State Park. The team traveled in the RV to a drop off point on the east side of Tallahassee. Traveling down Old St. Augustine Road was a welcome relief from the busy 6 lane highways of Tallahassee.

Cycling through Madison
Cycling through Madison

This was the day that we met Ray Spooner.  Ray was diagnosed with ALS over a year ago. Riding across America was on Ray’s bucket list. His doctor advised that he take it sooner rather than later. While cycling in Phoenix along a bike trail, Ray had an unplanned accident landing face down among the boulders along the path. After weeks of recuperative time and fretting over not being able to ride, he was finally able to purchase a trike and continue on his ride. His team has continued to cycle from Phoenix even though he couldn’t.

Ray and his trike - first day out since accident and cycled 68 miles
Ray and his trike – first day out since accident and cycled 68 miles

We met up with Ray several times today at various rest points. His wife, Rea, is a great support and we bonded instantly.

Ray and his wife, Rea
Ray and his wife, Rea

Ray also has a blog – rayslittleride.com, should you wish to read his story or donate to ALS. He is an amazing guy and he has an incredible support team and a very wonderful wife.

Part of Ray's support team with his team shirt
Part of Ray’s support team with his team shirt

We rode for Ray the next day to support his effort.

After our chef, Kim, prepared a great dinner of BBQ chicken over the fire, we spent our evening around the  campfire at Suwannee River State Park.

Campfire -Suwannee River State Park
Campfire -Suwannee River State Park

Jeff and Kim have mentioned on numerous occasions how wonderful the Florida State Parks are. So tomorrow night our plan is to stay at O’Leno State Park, west of Gainesville.