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Day Forty Four – 2021 Epic Cross Country Southern Tier Bike Tour

Day Forty Four | April 12, 2021

East Palatka to St. Augustine, FL

Our last day, we woke up excited and even a little teary. For six weeks, we have ridden a bike every day but five. Most of those days, we were on the road for seven hours. It will be quite an adjustment to come back to regular life!

We started out with a team huddle before our last day on the road together.

The weather today was gorgeous; some clouds in the a.m. but cloudless by 10:00.

Florida has nice bike trails! Part of our route went along the St. Johns River which, in this area, looks more like two large lakes. It enters the ocean in Jacksonville where it narrows to normal river size.

We rode to St. Augustine Beach (a community east of St. Augustine proper). Seymour’s pickleball buddies were standing on the corner of the public beach parking lot with signs and balloons! The police noticed and blocked traffic so we could easily turn left into the parking lot! It felt very special!

Dennis opened champagne for us on the beach!

We had a celebratory dinner and said some goodbyes, with the rest tomorrow morning. It is very hard parting with people we have enjoyed so much!

On to the next journey — whatever that may be.

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