According to my Garmin (GPS), we had our first dog chase of the day 360 feet into the ride! Two black labs, a breed we really haven’t been chased by yet, gave us a quick warm-up for the day. Our 82 mile ride with Roy was otherwise fairly uneventful.
We began and ended the day on the highway shoulder. Throughout the day we had forays onto local country roads that were very little traveled. At times we found ourselves riding 2 and 3 abreast chatting about the trip thus far and this allowed Roy and I time to catch up as well as Joe and Bob getting to know Roy better. This was without a doubt the most relaxing day we have had on the trip. Throughout the day we dealt with high humidity and heat (90%(+) and 93 degrees) as well as about 2,300 feet of elevation. But none of these factors dampened the mood, they just reminded us of our tired legs from the higher than normal pace that we kept.
True to form, Roy has come up with a “business model” for Joe’s later use of the Sprinter van and our daily course maps. Throughout the day Bob, Joe and Roy also discussed “next year’s” bike trip! I’m hopeful they were not serious about some of the options – mountain biking the Continental Divide?!
Just before leaving a huge thunderstorm hit Tallahassee and knocked out the power in the bar we were in. It was raining so hard Roy called an Uber to take us across the street to our hotel! Then we all said goodnight and goodbye to Roy.
Baptist Church count – 130
[Roy, I want to thank you for joining the RAA; we started our friendship over 30 years ago and the firm 25 years ago. You were my best man for Nancy and I, we were there for each other’s first born sons and now you came to ride and make the RAA complete. I very much appreciate you making the trip to ride with us happen. Thank you Roy!]