Brian decided not to ride today. He wanted to rest up and try to kick his illness once and for all. Good move – I hope it works. The plan is for him to ride tomorrow, even though it is scheduled to be a 92 mile day which is one of our longest. He did go see an aviation museum in Pensacola with his off day. Looking forward to seeing his pictures.
Mark and I had a delightful day on our bikes. Some of the more noteworthy sites: Passed a section east of Pensacola where a tornado came thru earlier this week and totally destroyed 4 houses, partially damaged others and didn’t touch still others 50 yards away. I’ve only seen that sort of randomness on news cast. We stopped to view these houses first hand. At one point a few yards down the road, there was a whole section of roof up in a tree about 20 feet off the ground. Rode a bike path with a group of Wounded Warriers, some of whom were paraplegics. Very sobering but inspirational to see them trying to lead as normal a life as possible. They seemed very intent, not conversationalists. I get it and commend them for what they sacrificed. And hilly terrain today which was predicted in ‘Conquering the Borderlands’. Never used my granny gears but had to gear down to a climbing gear with many of the hills.
Hopefully the weather stays this nice for the rest of L6. Another sunny day predicted tomorrow. Temps in the upper 30’s when we start out and climbing into the upper 60’s later in the day, which will be the warmest so far. Great riding weather!