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Day 29 - Live Oak, FL to Gainesville, FL

Today’s 85 mile ride had a bit of everything for us; we had heat, humidity, rain to begin and end the day, a slight elevation gain (1,800 feet) and we were chased by a nice dog that slobbered all over Joe, and by a domestic pig!  We also had headwinds early and a tail wind late in the day!  For the late afternoon hard rain (lasted about 15-20 miles) we had a country road with broken pavement that was hard to see and so bad we thought we might break a wheel.

None of this dampened our spirits when we made it to the scheduled endpoint, we tacked on an additional 20 miles to make tomorrow’s last day ride that much shorter.  (We voted and all agreed, this was the third worse day of rain that we have had on the trip.)

Late in the day, in pouring rain, coming into Gainesville, we were treated to “bike path” riding through a nature preserve on the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail.  (Rails to trails project.)  This path is about 20 miles long through “bayou type” countryside.  We all had our heads on a swivel looking for our second gator siting but we did not see #2 – yet.
In spite of the poor roads and hard rain, we enjoyed the day and our first pig chase on the RAA.

Baptist Church count – 199

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