I love Tallahassee, FL

Thank you, Bill McLain, for your Tallahassee “Bill’s Tour” city tour suggestions.  Made it to the old and new capital and even heard the house discussion on the proposed bill for a UGA alumni specialty car license plate (timed that perfectly!). Also made it to Cabo’s and Andrew’s for quintessential Tallahassee food experiences.

Included in the photos are several of the people who made my stay in Tallahassee so special.  Missing are two of the most important people, Cady and Paris, who were angels who appeared in my hotel and guided me through my time there. Thank you, you two.

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Stronger everyday

A collage of photos during the last couple of days. The bottom two are the most recent from the ride into Tallahassee yesterday. On the #southerntier #happytobealive #ridingabike and #biketouring . Each journey brings strength not only from the good days but from all the challenges that bike touring brings. I am stronger and happier than you can believe. Though still a bit exhausted.  So so so fortunate for so much.

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Homage to Dauphin Island

Love Dauphin Island. Love our hosts Ron and Pat. (Thank you guys so much. ). Best, best dinner, Robin and Andy. Bird magic with Fuat.  A ferry ride which is always a joy,  and sharing it with Steve, Matt, Fuat, Evan, Robin and Andy made it even more so.

Alabama rules!


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  Vancleave, Missisippi

The countryside is looking awfully familiar. New smooth pavement, minimal traffic and the gentlest rolling hills when not completely flat made for a very pleasant cycling day. On the road today I learned to identify the song of the tufted titmouse: Peter, peter, peter, peter. Riding sweep I’ve gotten to know the only true tourer-mode cyclist on the trip, Fuat. (Most others have a strong dose of road cyclist in them.) The bird songs all mean something to him, thus the lesson on the tufted titmouse.

The campsite once again was rougher than most wanted but sort of what I’d expect in areas not catering to educated and/or moneyed visitors. Poor southern states have poor private-run southern RV camping sites.  I too would like the place to be a notch or two higher but am not surprised it wasn’t.





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Louisianna – The Best

Lying in my tent. Slept late til almost 6 and today we are doing a late breakfast at 7:30/8:00. The birds are very busy around me. So many songs.

I thought because I have traveled along the I-10 corridor so often that I knew the south. I knew nothing. Louisiana like Texas and New Mexico and Arizona and California has been a beautiful surprise.

Yesterday was my riding day so that means I hang back by the last rider and get in late. That suits my bike touring style just fine. Fuat likes to look around and read historicAl markers and basically ride like I rode across the Northern Tier. We road across the Atchafalaya (so?) and then along the Mississippi. Awe inspiring.

Back in camp, Robin had organized a restaurant night and we all went out for Cajun food. The table was full of crawfish and beer and laughter. An excellent day.

Photos in reverse chronological order.

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 East TX at Mexican Hill Ranch, bike tourers’ paradise

 

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Fredericksburg TX

Last night I wrote something and then this early I went to share post and it seemed to have deleted it.

Back in Fredericksburg where the landscape takes back to car trips to Texas with the girls — lunches on interstate rest stop picnic tables, stopping in New Orleans, TX. Today I passed the Ingram dam where we’d go to swim and slide down the dam wall and road in Kerrville’s main drag to the Walmart Pete would shop in everyday. And then it was in the Ladybird Johnson city park where the first Saunders family reunion started. Feel like I finally know Texas 35 years after stepping into Richard’s family. Loving it.



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Along the border to Del Rio TX and then up to Ft. Clarke. 

Most of my photos are on my camera. The ones posted here are the occasional ones taken on the iPhone. True for earlier posts too.

Surviving.

Note: One of these photos was sent on WhatsApp by my new son-in-law Abdellatif, Anne’s new husband. Guess which one.

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Marathon to Alpine to Sanderson, TX

More stories through photos. Endless, really. 





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Another rest day in Ft. Davis, in the wilds of west TX 

Forgot how much I like Texas. Hope I feel the same way when I get back to Georgia. Do miss everyone there. 💚🚵🏻‍♀️💙🚴🏻🌈




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