Apalachicola to Crawfordville

Today was another beautiful day for riding. I rode 52.9 miles to Crawfordville. The temp hit 91, but there was a nice gentle wind most of the way. Around 230 miles to go. I’ll head to Perry tomorrow, or maybe just a little beyond, depending on where the motels are.

 

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Here’s a few from yesterday. I left them out somehow. IMG_4172 Tyndall Air Force Base. It’s huge and went on for miles with all kinds of secret spots that warned you not to even think about glancing their way.IMG_4178 On the subject of conspiracy theories. I have one. These little markers are driven into the roads everywhere, every state. Federal Department of Terrestrials. Part of the civilian surveillance program. Whenever you’re near one, you show up on their radar as a possible terrestrial being. If you’re one of the extra-terrestrial overlords, they ignore you.IMG_4179 Pedal faster.IMG_4180 IMG_4181 This was an interesting looking super secret spot. IMG_4182 You can just barely make out the red drone in the deep background. There were several of them pointing out towards the gulf on what looked like launchers.IMG_4183 There were a couple of Air Force guys taking a break there and I went up to ask about what I was seeing. I asked if it was a training facility for drone pilots. “Effectively, yes”. Can I take pictures at the gate for a better look? “No”. So, if you see a red plane about the size of a small car, duck for cover.IMG_4184 IMG_4185 IMG_4186 IMG_4188
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Here’s the pictures from today’s ride:

IMG_4353 IMG_4354 IMG_4356 Most of today’s ride was right along the shoreline. It was gorgeous all the way.IMG_4358 IMG_4361IMG_4364 This was in Eastpoint. A big processing plant for oysters. All the oystermen take their daily catch here.IMG_4365 IMG_4366 Now that’s a big pile of oyster shells.IMG_4368 The oyster boats are pretty simple. Most of them have a shelter in the back and a big board on the front. I asked one of the guys to explain how they harvested them. “You rake them onto the board and sort and cull them.” The keepers are anything over 3 inches.IMG_4372IMG_4373 Here’s the oyster rake.IMG_4374 And here’s where the oysters live. Around here they call it the Gulf of Mexico.IMG_4375 IMG_4376 IMG_4377The Carrabelle LighthouseIMG_4397 IMG_4398 IMG_4400 I had lunch here. Fried oysters.IMG_4401 IMG_4402IMG_4403 IMG_4404 IMG_4405 IMG_4407 IMG_4411 IMG_4415 IMG_4416 Go right to be cured and left to herd worms.IMG_4417 IMG_4418 IMG_4420 IMG_4421 A big ol’ terrapin. He was in the middle of the road toddling along, so I moved him in the direction I thought he wanted to go. When I left him, he was still muttering, “What is that beautiful house? Where does that highway go? Am I right? Am I wrong?”IMG_4422Tomorrow, Perry or a little beyond.

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