Trip Summary

Day 52: 2929 miles completed, 8 states, 7 flat tires, 4 flat mattresses, 40 new friends and Bruce #1, 8 rest days

Friday, April 19, 2013

Day 43: Island Rest

Our first scheduled non-riding rest day after ten straight days on the bike. And what do we do? We cleaned up the bike, lubricated the chain, and then we pedaled from one end of the island to the other. The main road on Dauphin Island is about eight miles from East to West. Heading West, the pace was leisurely. Then we turned back toward home into the wind.

Our objective was to find a snoball stand, but could not find one open; may be too early in the season yet, although there were ones in LA. Oh well! We got back to camp with the bike, had lunch, then headed out on foot. We visited Fort Gaines (“damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead”). Then we stopped by the Dauphin Island aquarium and took photos of some captive sting rays, but it was Discovery Day, so a lot of people were there. We decided to get out of the crowd and came back to unwind properly before our 84 mile day tomorrow.

We will start out with a ferry ride off the island, and then begin the 84 miles and cross over into Florida, our final state!

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