Trip Summary

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

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Day 51: Almost There

The ride from High Springs to Palatka was our last real day of riding. The long day yesterday made today’s eighty miles a little tougher – back to back long rides. We biked most of the route on tree lined roads and trails that created a canopy shielding us from the wind and sun.

Like the Tour de France our last day will be an easy riding day, only forty-three miles with plenty of pomp and circumstance. The festivities begin a mile from the ocean where our group will assemble and ride the last mile together. We will be led by our elder statesman, Lee (71).

Our thoughts off the bike have turned to packing and returning home as opposed to weather forecasts and mileage. Hoping for a good night’s sleep as mattress issues continue to plague us. We received a brand new mattress which proceeded to deflate. Fortunately the crew was able to replace the replacement with another brand new mattress - 10pm no testing.

Highlights: one rider saw an alligator in the wild, we saw turtles nesting and one crossing the road, each member of a pace line ran over a white object in the road that the leader failed to point out.

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