Woohoo, Florida!

On the home stretch now! The weather was beautiful today and the ride was mostly flat, except for some big bridges. When I got up this morning, I thought I’d better check to see if the ferry was operating and their web page said it was out of service until further notice! That would mean a ride back the way I came for about 25 miles and then following an alternate route that was about 30 miles longer. Yikes, that was bad news. I called the Ferry office and they said it would be back in service by 11 am. So, that gave me time to grab breakfast and ride the 20 miles to catch it. Nice.

I rode more miles today than I had anticipated, 75.4. But I made it into Florida. There were lots of hotel options on the Alabama side of the line, but I wanted to end up in Florida. I figured I would find a motel soon after crossing the line. Nope. All condos and houses. So, I had to ride another 15 miles into Pensacola to get to this Super 8. I made my reservation with hotels.com and when I got here, they didn’t have a non-smoking room on the ground floor per my reservation. They put me on the second floor in a smoking room. I unloaded Heyoka and carried the bags up and then rolled him up the stairs. I called hotels.com to complain and the agent there said since it was guaranteed, Super-8 would have to honor it. He called them and they agreed to move me to a ground floor non-smoking room. Funny how the non-smoking room just appeared. And the hotels.com agent gave me a 30 buck refund to boot.

Here’s the map and pictures from today:

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A draw bridge on the outskirts of Bayou La BatreIMG_3939 Boats all decked out for the annual Blessing of the FleetIMG_3941 A boat building yardIMG_3945 Back inland and the pinesIMG_3947 IMG_3953 IMG_3955 IMG_3960 IMG_3961They’re tiny in the picture, but there’s a couple egrets in the tide pool
IMG_3966 IMG_3967 Here’s the Ferry man letting the cars off the ferryIMG_3976There were a lot of old cars getting on and off the ferry.

Me and Heyoka waiting for the ferry to depart

IMG_3980 IMG_3981 IMG_3983 Heyoka and his new friendIMG_3987 An oil platformIMG_3994Fort Morgan still looks the same
IMG_4004 IMG_4007 And the purple house is still thereIMG_4018 IMG_4021 A nice bike trail parallel to the highwayIMG_4023 IMG_4024 IMG_4025 Zip line towersIMG_4026 IMG_4028 IMG_4029 IMG_4032 Condos, condos, condosIMG_4034 IMG_4036 IMG_4037 IMG_4044


Tomorrow, I may continue with the Adventure Cycling Route, which goes up into the panhandle or I may detour to the south and follow the coast line to Gainesville. Still thinking.




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Woohoo, Florida! — 5 Comments

  1. here’s a thought, you could’ve stop at one of the condos to see about a room for the night. a few years back we took off with no reservations and saw the ‘vacancy’ sign at a condo in myrtle beach. it was one of the privately owned resorts that rented out usually by the week, however, they also rented out daily if it was empty. I guess daily rent was more for their pockets instead of none. we got a 2 bedroom one for $42 per night during the week after Christmas so we took it for all 3 nights! just suggestion to stick under your helmet for future possibilities if you get too pooped to pedal.

  2. as for the non smoking room that popped up I’M sure its because of the guarantee when you booked it, but the folks coming in after you without guaranteed reservations will get the smoking room with a box of generous apologies & if they’re lucky, a ‘technically’ continental breakfast like yours in Austin.

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