Ride for the Dream

Cycling From Coast To Coast

Dat 32 & 33 – Orange Beach, AL and Crestview, FL

by on April 5th, 2014

We left Biloxi early Thursday morning with the hopes of getting a jump on the traffic. The sun was just coming up as we crossed the causeway out of town.


We saw our first Waffle House of the trip and stopped for breakfast (I don’t think Baptiste was terribly impressed). Buck had his first flat tire since El Paso where he installed some tube liners after a rough string of flats.  A few hours later we checked another state off the list as we entered Alabama. While we were stopped taking pics of the Alabama welcome sign, two French Canadians rolled up on their bikes.  Baptiste was thrilled to have someone to speak French with.

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We continued on to Dauphin Island where we took the ferry 3-4 miles (45 minutes) over to Fort Morgan and continued on 27 miles or so to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for a daily total of 92 miles (not including the ferry ride).  The ferry only leaves every 90 minutes and we missed the 2:00 PM ferry by a few minutes and had to wait the hour and a half for the 3:30 PM departure time.

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After the big push on Thursday we started Friday just a few miles from the Florida border.  We started riding in some very heavy fog but it burned off after an hour or two as we rode toward Pensacola.


The forecast was for rain this afternoon and we made it most of the way to Crestview before getting caught in the storm and rode the last 15 miles or so in a steady rain. We had another strong day with 86 miles covered. Buck continues to nurse his sore leg but seems to be managing.

The highlight of the day was meeting up with Paul and Ellen Wilson. They are headed to Destin for vacation but left a day early to come find me on their way. Paul is a close childhood friend (we grew up next to each other on Green Manor Drive). In addition to being an old friend, Ellen also does great work for The Dream Factory at the Louisville headquarters location. Tomorrow is their 28th wedding anniversary! Paul is going to ride with us for a few hours in the morning before Ellen scoops him up and they head down to Destin.

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We are well ahead of schedule with the mileage we have been logging the last couple of weeks. We have about 450 miles left and can see light at the end of the tunnel!




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