Panama City to Apalachicola

Today’s ride was 59.3 miles. Great weather, perfect temperature and very few headwinds. Here’s the map from today and the pictures:Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 9.09.16 PM

IMG_4191IMG_4193IMG_4194IMG_4198 IMG_4199 IMG_4200 IMG_4205 Somehow on these next few shots, I turned on the “Oh brother, where art thou” filter.IMG_4216IMG_4217 IMG_4220 IMG_4225 IMG_4226 Now back to no filter. Hmm, world’s best oysters. We’ll have to see about that.IMG_4232Here’s Aaron and Michael. They flagged me down to say hi. Their truck was out of commission and they were waiting on a tow. Aaron works for Panama Jack distributing products to all the beach stores along the coast. They passed me on the other side of Pensacola the other day and again today. Aaron said he told Michael, “hey that’s the same dude”, “no way” says Michael. Aaron said if he was driving his other truck, he would have given me some Panama Jack swag.IMG_4235 Oyster capital of the world, more good news.IMG_4239A spooky old cemetery.IMG_4240 IMG_4242 IMG_4244IMG_4245 There’s some nice houses along the way into Apalachicola.IMG_4247 IMG_4248 I was glad I talked myself into walking the 1.5 miles into town. Here’s a fishing boat called Miss Donna J. It’s been 3 years today since Donna passed away and I thought maybe she was saying hi.IMG_4251 Here’s where I went for oysters.IMG_4253I ate out on the deck at a long bar filled with people and birds.IMG_4254 IMG_4255 IMG_4257 Feed me!IMG_4328 Here’s the Oysters Moscow. Raw oysters with caviar and horse radish.IMG_4329And here’s the plain raw oysters.IMG_4330The gals seated next to me took this shot of me woofing down an oyster. They were indeed the best oysters I’ve ever had.
IMG_4332 IMG_4333 And here’s the gals seated next to me. Donna on the left and her good friend Kay on the right. IMG_4335


I forgot to get a picture of the lady to my right. Her name was Bridgette and she’s a web designer and mountain biker. She had noticed my oddball tan line on my hands where the biking gloves cover the middle part of my hand and recognized the tale-tale sign of a fellow biker.

IMG_4340IMG_4342 IMG_4344 IMG_4349 IMG_4345 On the way back to the motel, I saw this huge tree. IMG_4351



Tomorrow Crawfordville or thereabouts. Less than 300 miles to go!




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Panama City to Apalachicola — 11 Comments

  1. yep, more coincidences today! shorty sent signs she was with ya. glad you had good day with great weather, beautiful beaches, best oysters ever and ‘Donna’ next to ya. Safe travels, love ya! ‘zeke’ & ‘barry lou’

  2. So incredibly proud of you uncle Lee. I can’t wait to see you. I worry about the crazies you may run into being out there on the road but you seem to meet an awful lot of kind folk so I am happy for that. You definitely have some angel wings around you. Stay safe and see you real soon. Sounds like sometime Friday or Saturday maybe?

  3. Hey Lee – Bridget, from the Raw Bar in Apalachacola. It was so cool that I saw you on your bike on the way out of town in the morning, and even cooler to see that you made it to St. Augustine and loving arms there. Congratulations! What’s next?? (that’s what they always ask, isn’t it…?) Hopfully so well deserved rest. I finally got around to writing my blog post about Apalachacola – here it is if you want to check it out: Best wishes for your ongoing journey, on your bike, off your bike, and wherever else.

    • Hi Bridget, yep, I made it all the way. It was an incredible journey. It’s good to be home. And your blog is a wonderful and wander-full travelog. Enjoy your travels!

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