Mile 533: Spirit of America Ride for Hydrocephalus Day 9 Recap

This morning we bid goodbye to Jeff Ellis, our incredible Warm Showers host after a superbly prepared breakfast of eggs, sausage and bagels. As our cycling journey headed toward Pensacola, we realized we will soon be bidding adieu to Florida.


Along the way we stopped for some BBQ and ribs that were pretty tasty. We then sailed past our planned campground, deciding to add another 20 miles and made it into downtown Pensacola around dusk. We wheeled into a Day’s Inn where general manager Stephen Baes was both helpful and accommodating with a generous discount. As mentioned before, we enjoy camping but a clean room with a big bed and welcoming air conditioning whirling in the background is a glorious end to a long day of cycling.


Last Sunday at the Ochlockonee River State Park, we saw an albino squirrel which seemed happy to oblige us with a series of snapshots that we thought were pretty cool.


We have been traveling along the coast where the traffic has been minimal. Not so today! As we got closer to Pensacola the traffic picked up with a constant loud whizzing for 3 hours non-stop as cars sped by. Fortunately, the road we are traveling on has a decent shoulder.


On our cycling journey, we are meeting many interesting people. On one of our stops we struck up a conversation with Joesph Carion who gave us $15 to add to our Hydrocephalus donations . He is the Fundraiser Coordinator for a Florida organization, Veterans In Need Foundation. This is a non-profit organization to help returning and homeless vets. These men and women put their lives on the line for us in unimaginable circumstances, yet come home to having a difficult time readjusting to civilian life way too often. If you are not familiar with them, you should check out their website.


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