After breakfast at the Cypress Inn diner, we headed out, a little before 8. The morning was surprisingly cool, almost cold we both said. Not sure what the exact temperature was, but we weren't used to anything below 70 for the past few weeks We eventually warmed up as the sun caught up, but it was quite surprising, and nice.
Paul and I had a long day ahead of us. To pass the time, I decided that we would recite, to the best of our ability, Dumb and Dumber, from start to finish. Boy was that fun The miles just seemed to go as we laughed thinking about all of the great parts of the movie. Before we knew it we had covered 45 miles, and still had some of the movie to go.
We made our first stop in Perry, one of the only towns in between Tallahassee. our destination that night, and Cross City. We stopped at McDonalds just to get some sweet tea. One dollar will get you unlimited sweet tea Unlimited seems like a good thing when you're really thirsty and on a bike, but they put a lot of sugar in that SWEET tea. About a mile down the road after McDonald's we had to stop. The sweet tea wanted to come back out. It took me every once of concentration to keep it down, but I was able to. Everything is good in moderation, a lesson reinforced but the super sweet tea.
We stopped at a gas station right before leaving town to get a plastic knife to spread our peanut butter on the bread we bought the day before. We ended up talking to one of the attendant's for about an hour about god knows what. People are just friendly and interested in what you're doing, and willing to talk to strangers Imagine that New England? It ended up being a nice rest, and we headed out to cover some more miles of our long day.
We finished up dumb and dumber along the next miles, truly impressed with ourselves and our ability to follow the whole movie. Our next stop was a small place that made their own Pecan brittle, which was apparently a big thing in the area as we saw a few very similar places. They had free samples that were delicious, but we didn't end up buying any We had had enough sugar for the week. There we met people who noticed our bikes and wished us luck on our journey. Someone said she would pray for us! A complete stranger, how cool. We decided we should start keeping track of how many people wish us luck, and tell us to be safe. It's a nice feeling.
After this stop we started encountering some challenging hills for the rest of our ride into Tallahassee. You wouldn't think it, but as one of our hosts sons mentioned, Tallahassee is considered the foothills of the Appalachian. With only one more stop, it did not make for an easy finish to a long day We did eventually make it in, accidentally biking down a dirt road (which our host Gene had warned us about). The sun was still up upon our arrival.
Gene and his family were great hosts again. 2 for 2. We were greeted outside by Gene and 2 of the 3 boys that lived at the house They were all very nice, and interested in what we were doing. The Floyd's are getting prepared to go on their trip starting at the end of the week, and he has a site as well. I'll tell you that internet…. Oddly enough their trip will bring them right past my house in Connecticut, and maybe they'll get to meet my family.
The Floyds fed us well (great dinner), and allowed us to do our laundry too. We were allowed to bring our bikes inside the house to keep them safe, while theirs remained outside. A truly selfless act, but nothing new for Gene who has done much volunteering in the past including emergency aid throughout New Orleans and Mississippi after hurricane Katrina.
Just like the Speary's, Gene especially was interested in our trip, and spent a good amount of time helping us plan ahead, pointing out good places to go. Finding the warmshowers list was such a blessing. I can't imagine the trip without the two experiences we've had staying in complete strangers' houses so far.
Again Paul and I were well fed and had a nice place to sleep to prepare us for the next day.
Life was good.