Pensacola to Ft. Walton Beach

I only rode 48 miles today to give my legs a break. I plotted a new route that follows along the Gulf coast of Florida. I had better luck today finding a motel. I booked through hotels.com again and this time the room at Emerald Coast Inn & Suites was exactly what I wanted. Non-smoking, ground floor and a king bed. They have a guest laundry too. I’m a block from the boardwalk and I’ll head over there after my clothes are done and check out the restaurants. The ride today was a struggle at times. The headwinds were 20 to 30 mph according to the weather service. It felt like it too, especially over the long bridges. So far, I like this route better than the one that goes through the rural panhandle areas. I think the wind is going to be the same again tomorrow, but it seemed to be less gusty as I rode a little away from the beach.

Here’s the map from today, the map of the rest of the route and some pictures:

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In the distance is the long bridge from Pensacola to Pensacola BeachIMG_4045 ContinuedIMG_4047 IMG_4049 Just about ran out of gas before I hit the top of the bridge.IMG_4050 IMG_4051 IMG_4055 IMG_4057 IMG_4058 They plop beach houses down wherever they can find a spot. And you can still see empty lots where Katrina took a lot of the houses and they weren’t rebuilt.IMG_4059 IMG_4060 IMG_4061 The gulf here is a rich emerald green.IMG_4062 IMG_4063 IMG_4065

 

IMG_4097 IMG_4102Heyoka standing guard like a postcard of a golden retriever.IMG_4108 IMG_4114 There’s a couple mile long stretch of undeveloped beach for the coastal nesting birds.IMG_4116 IMG_4118 Going into Navarre Beach. All houses and condos, no restaurants, gas stations or convenience storesIMG_4121 The only brick beach house I’ve seenIMG_4122 A cool looking dome houseIMG_4123 IMG_4124 IMG_4125 IMG_4126 I stopped at an Italian restaurant and had lasagna. It was good.IMG_4127 IMG_4129 IMG_4130 IMG_4133 IMG_4134 IMG_4137 IMG_4140 IMG_4142

 

Tomorrow, Panama City.

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Pensacola to Ft. Walton Beach — 4 Comments

  1. maybe you should carry a can of beans for emergencies on long bridges, ha! purdy pics! the sand looks like snow. safe travels!

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