Hank – We woke at 5:30 to give us plenty to time to be in the road by 7:30. It was 51 degrees out but it felt cooler. We bid farewell to Woodbine.
Thirteen miles later we stopped in Kingsland (Where you get the royal treatment) and had breakfast at Steffens restaurant. Steffens opened in 1948 and I believe it still has the original benches in the booths. The food and service were great.
A couple miles from Kingsland we entered our 29th state. The clear blue sky made Florida seem even more welcoming. We stopped in Yullee for a snack before heading east to Amelia Island. When we left Yullee on Hwy 200 we were very encouraged when we saw we had a bike lane. That lasted less that a half mile as we hit construction. For six miles we were squeezed into two lanes and no shoulder with all kinds of traffic. It was unpleasant to say the least. We picked up a few supplies at the Winn-Dixie and Walmart and got onto Hwy A1A. Not only did we have a nice shoulder/bike lane but there’s also a bike path running parallel to the road. Sweet!
Before you knew it we arrived at Little Talbot Island State Park where we scored a tent site. But first we checked out the beach. A calm ocean was sending relaxing waves against broad swathes of white sand as far as the eye could see. It was beautiful.
We set up camp and got our showers out of the way. Dinner–dehydrated meals–was early since we hadn’t eaten much since breakfast and we covered 55 miles during the day.
Kathy – Today we said good-bye to Georgia and hello to our 29th state – Florida!! We were very happy we didn’t die in South Carolina or Georgia 😵 as both states have limited shoulder areas on their roads for cyclists. 😬 It required lots of constant attention to the traffic on our part and lots of considerate drivers in the two states to move over and give us space. Thankful that portion of our trip is completed. 🤗🤗🤗
As soon as we crossed the boarder into Florida 😎 we had a three feet wide shoulder, pretty sweet! We had lots of great smooth roads and plenty of shoulder room today when riding in Florida, well except the six miles of construction part. Happy to have good roads again.
Today’s 55 mile day went by so fast. We made fantastic time and really enjoyed the day of riding. The weather was pretty crisp this morning but it warmed up nicely to 64 degrees with a slight headwind, just enough to keep you cool. Happy to have all that cloudy, windy, thunder-stormy weather finally move past us. Today was clear blue skies with the sun out to greet us. It felt so good! 🌞
About the title in this post, “From The Upper Left Corner To The Lower Right Corner” – of course Hank is talking about from the state of Washington to Florida. Yep, hard to believe we have come so far. 🚴♀️🚴♂️ Looking forward to hanging out in sunny, warm Florida for the next few weeks before hopping on the plane to go home for Christmas in cold, and possibly snowy Spokane. ❄️🎄❄️
Today was just one of those perfect riding days. We loved it and look forward to more of these over the next few weeks. All is well tonight. 🏝☀️🏖