Trip Summary

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

Monday, April 20, 2015

Day 45: Funiak Springs, Florida

Jeff noticed a flat before breakfast.  He changed it during breakfast and ate while others were departing. Bags were taken away before he was able to retrieve his rain jacket and wallet.

We had a guest rider on our little team today; Bill, who had done most of the 2014 C2C but had to leave, unfortunately, because his wife was in a car accident.  His wife has since recovered, and he wanted to finish what he started a year ago, so he is back.  He had a rough start yesterday, 4 flats and a crash requiring a trip for the bike to the bike shop for repairs, but he rode today without a problem and his shoulder feeling much improved.  Udi's wheel seems to be fixed.

Our camp dog, Cocoa Bean, is always our best greeter, so we like to snuggle her up whenever we get a chance.

We had a short mileage day of 54 miles.  Nice and cool with lots of cloud cover and a good tail wind for parts of the route made it a very pleasurable day.  Great BBQ for lunch in Niceville.

On the way to the first SAG stop we visited the "Animal Tree".  It is deteriorating, but was still a nice reminder from our 2013 ride. 

Another nice reminder was our camp site at Sunset King RV Park in DeFuniak Springs, FL.  The residents here make us a feast for dinner (tonight pork chops, baked potatoes, green beans, fresh rolls and topped off with a huge plate of homemade cookies).  They will make us another feast for breakfast tomorrow.  They also gave all the ladies handmade quilted purses in a biking-themed fabric.

The annual treat here is also live entertainment by a country singer.  I am amazed by how many country songs I actually know.  It is always a lot of fun as we sit outside around the campfire listening to the country western music.  Of course, an even more special treat is Chandler Otis singing "Bad to the Bone..." "bbbb-bad, bbbbb-bad..."  Love it.  Then there is the singalong of Bubba's motto, Live Like You Were Dying".  Enough said.

Our thoughts tonight are with our fellow rider, Woody, who went home a few days ago with loss of sight in one eye that we were all hoping was temporary.  Word came back today that it looks like it will likely be permanent.  This man has biked over 400,000 miles in his life and been cross country 9 times.  He is really an incredible inspiration.  My thought is this will likely side line him temporarily and then he will be back on his bike again.  We are also thinking about our riding mate who also had to see an eye doctor today.  I will not put his name in here just yet.  I will get permission from the source first. 

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