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Day 27 – Vancleave, MS – Pensacola, FL

We have made it to our home state.  Tomorrow is a rest day.

Welcome to Alabama

Welcome to Alabama

 

Ferry crossing

 

Welcome to Florida

                    Welcome to Florida

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Day 26 – Franklinton, LA to Vancleave, MS

Day 26 was 118 miles into Vancleave, Mississippi.

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Louisiana

   0ur mileage these past three days has been 116, 107, and 117 miles.

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Days 22, 23 and 24 – Brenham TX to Franklinton, LA

Days 22, 23 and 24 took us from Brenham, Texas to Franklinton, LA.  Along the way we enjoyed quail eggs and viewed the rice paddies in Louisiana.

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Rice Paddies

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Day 21

It’s difficult to speak of our achievement today in battling heavy rain, thunder, traffic and rough roads when a key Foundation member, and we are riding for the Foundation, namely Charles Magistro passed away today. Charles will be eulogized by many but he is for me an inspiration to selfless service in support of providing the evidence for physical therapy both in supporting the development of researchers and in funding its projects. He had given generously in time and funding. Thanks Charles.

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Day 21 – Austin to Brenham, TX

We were joined by two riders today, Cindy and John for the 115 miles from Austin to Brenham, TX in rain and thunder.

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Day 19 – Kerrville, TX to Austin, TX

Four new riders joined us today for the 103 miles to Austin.

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We arrived in Austin after a long 103 mile day. I had a fall when hitting a slick patch and my bike went out from under me. Elbow and hips bruising.  We are now well over half way on the 20th day and due to arrive May 3rd in St. Augustine. Till now we have averaged 91 miles a day but going forward we must average 107 miles. But then again the topography is for less hill and no mountain passes.

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Arrival at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences campus in Austin, TX.

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Day 18 – Camp Wood to Kerrville, TX

Tomorrow Austin, TX and the 2nd rest day.  Yesterday I cycled 121 miles to Camp Wood and made up for wind delays. Today I awoke to thunder and downpour again. Weird weather system for this time of the year. Completed 85 today against head winds, rain at times and rough road surfaces to Kerrville, TX.  Seeing antelope, vultures feasting on pig carcass and sheep.

There is mostly no cell service so we have difficulty in staying in touch between riders and SAG (support and gear) vehicles.

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Days 16 and 17

Yesterday was a tough day. The winds blew from the east at 25 (weather channel) and gusted constantly. Have never known such gusty winds coming head on, stopping from 1:00 o’clock, then 2:00 o’clock gone, then back. Often I would be swept sideways and swayed well off the road onto the shoulder. On downhills where I should have been able to rest – had to pedal to keep going. The landscape is vast.

Here at Comstock, pop of 483, with one hotel and one bar.  Their annual catfish fry was going on as a community fund raising. They even had prizes for biggest catfish caught. We joined in. Beers 1 dollar.  What a hoot!!  Texas trucks and cowboy hats.

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Days 14 and 15

Tuesday around 3:00pm head winds, heavy rain and lightening caused us to abandon the day. Yes day, I put in 83 miles mostly uphill to 6,000 feet and today, meant to a rest day I covered just 54 miles to Alpine Texas and so once again on schedule. Some rest day.

This part of Texas well off the interstates and up in the mountains is truly beautiful and historic. Much had been preserved especially at Fort Davis.

Our third Across America Rider, Skylohr Taylor is an excellent cyclist and has found our schedule insufficient of a challenge (blimey 100 miles a day for 30 days – insufficient!) and so has elected to go on ahead. We wish him all the best.

Day 15 at Alpine TX

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