|From||To (Arrival)||~ Miles||Elevation||Hours||Weather||Total Mi||Total Hrs||Riding day #|
|Lake Park, GA||Madison, FL||18||89-205||2||rain, mid 80 drop to mid 60’s||1304||128||18|
Again, not a lot of forward progress today but for a very good reason. I had biked a couple hours and just stopped for a rest. The skies approaching were BLACK. I have never seen anything like it! A van pulled up beside and said I need to take shelter real quick. He said just up ahead there was a 4H camp at Cherry Lake (the lake is crystal clear!) where there are cyclists camping and I was welcome to join them. Sometimes I am not so stubborn. We went to the campground and he did not say there were like hundreds of cyclists! The cycling group is called Free Wheelers. As soon as we pulled in they welcomed me and were just so nice. Some were in the dining hall doing minor repairs on their bikes and just hanging out. It was raining by then but not really bad. I set up the hammock and fly, got the sleeping bag in there to try to keep it as dry as possible. I went to the laundry and dried what had gotten wet (looking back I probably should have waited to “dry” things.) They invited me to eat dinner with them – YUM – Jumbo, coleslaw, catfish and cookies with sweet tea. I LOVE the south!!! Really LOVE it here!!!! Over night it rained and rained and rained. Kinda like Pooh’s Bluster Day story. I heard Pensacola got like 25 inches of rain in 24 hours! It only takes 2-3 inches of rain for the stream at home to flood. That is a crazy amount of rain! Mom heard on the local news in Baltimore that the panhandle had 6000+ lightening strikes in like 30 minutes! Pensacola is only about 250 miles from here and the storms are heading this way (from west to east). The other cyclists (ages maybe 30-60) (Oh I was corrected, most are in their 60-70’s and some even in their 80’s! Yes in their 80’s!!) said I CANNOT travel tomorrow. They live in FL and know how crazy the weather can be. OK, I am staying put until Thursday (plus the food is sooo good)! I am sooo glad right now I have a hammock and not a tent. Most of their tents are in water! Maybe I will want a tent when I hit areas where there are no trees, but for now I am a happy camper. Thanks for everyone’s concerns, I am good and with good people.