Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011. Pensacola to Crestview, FL. 67 miles.

This fountain is in the courtyard of the Sole Inn, where we stayed last night. Dianne and I played Scrabble on the tables and chairs in the background. It was quite overcast this morning with the threat of thunderstorms but they never materialized. As we pedaled out of Pensacola we crossed a tall bridge and looked down on this view of the Gulf of Mexico, our last water view for a long time to come. Most of the roads we rode today had either a bike lane or a shoulder, which is a comfort--it is scary riding with traffic in the same lane. We had quite a number of hills today, which surprised me. I did not think there were hills in Florida!

At mile 27.5 into the ride we got on the Blackwater Heritage Trail, a lovely rail trail. We were only on it for 6.5 miles, but we enjoyed every minute of it. The sag car was supposed to be at the point at which we were to leave the trail and get back on the road, so we would not get lost, but the sag car got lost! Victoria was kind enough to stay on the corner and wait for the sag while the rest of us went on.

After the rail trail we rode quiet country roads for about 15 miles and then got on US 90, a busy highway. It was still hilly (the only part of the route that was not hilly was the rail trail). By the time we got to downtown Crestwood we were famished! So at the 62 mile point Dianne, Kathie, Greta and I stopped at a little cafe and had sandwiches and drinks. The last few miles to the hotel were crazy busy with traffic, but we all made it in safely. It was 87 degrees when we arrived. More of the same expected for tomorrow.

This pond and waterfall is in the front of today's hotel--why doesn't my pond look like this? Minus the palm trees, of course..... Palm trees don't grow in Michigan.

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