We are within 3-4 days from St. Augustine, FL as we take a day of rest to enjoy Thanksgiving with Warm Shower Hosts, Diane and Maria in Monticello. We called about spending last night with them and they invited us to stay for Thanksgiving dinner. On their farm they have raised Tennessee Walking Horses and more recently Boer Goats (meat goats). Now they have chickens (40-50) and a rescue horse, as well as numerous dogs and cats. There is a large pond which has alligators in it so we were warned to keep our distance from the waters edge. Interesting place.
The last few days have been nice riding except for foggy mornings which have slowed us down a bit. The live oak trees with the Spanish moss are just beautiful in this area. It's hard to explain how magnificent the trees are if you have never seen one of the large ones. As many as we have seen, every now and then we will see one that dwarfs the others.
Our last few days of biking we have put in good miles, going between 72 and 77 miles per day. The roads have been fairly flat and smooth, with either good shoulders or little traffic. Apparently the holiday traffic stayed on the interstates.
As we are close to the end of our trip, we have bittersweet thoughts. In one way we are definitely ready for the trip to be over, but on the other hand, we know the incredible experiences we have had along the way will be missed. Of course we also enjoy the warm weather (80 day, 60 night) here as we are biking in shorts and tee shirts while we see snow and cold temperatures back home.
We didn't add any photos in the last blog so here are a few from past days. Refer back to the last blog. Seems like Ann should take more photos so Bill will be recorded more.