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:
A draw bridge on the outskirts of Bayou La Batre Boats all decked out for the annual Blessing of the Fleet A boat building yard Back inland and the pines They’re tiny in the picture, but there’s a couple egrets in the tide pool
Here’s the Ferry man letting the cars off the ferryThere were a lot of old cars getting on and off the ferry.
Me and Heyoka waiting for the ferry to depart
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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