I had my best night’s sleep at the Grady House B&B==10 hours. Even though I felt rested, my legs (and my butt) are feeling the effects of so many days of riding. If we were doing this coast to coast, a rest day would be in our immediate future.
A good (and uneventful) day of riding. We rode thru our third city in Florida–Gaineesville–home of the University of Florida Gators. We didn’t see any of the campus and not much of the city itself since we rode across the northern tier. The best part of the ride, and some said this leg, was a wide recently paved bike trail for about 12 miles. We were able to ride 4 abreast for the first time and continued our trivia games.
As I approach the final day, I want to thank my wonderful wife, Marcia, for all her support and encouragement to pursue this dream. I know it wasn’t easy for her to keep things going at home for the 6 plus weeks I was away these past four years. Please know I really appreciate it and I hope in some way I can reciprocate. Words just don’t measure my appreciation and love for you.
Another special thanks goes out to my assistant Debbie who keeps my office going while I am away. I have a tremendous confidence in her ability to know what will wait and what needs a little of my attention to keep things going until I return. Hopefully she got to take some time off while I was away. Not really looking forward to reengaging with the practice in a few short days.
Tomorrow’s the day. A short one, mileage wise, so we expect to arrive in St. Augustine by 1pm. Plan is to ride to the beach, carry our bikes across the sand (hopefully not as wide as Wildwood’s beaches) and dip the front tire in the Atlantic Ocean. Then we can celebrate!!!