Day 17 - Loxley to Tillman's Corner - Two Far 2021 - Sooo... Far - CycleBlaze

April 25, 2021

Day 17 - Loxley to Tillman's Corner

Lots of bridges

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It was a great day for a bike - clear blue skies, light winds, riding temperatures from the mid 60's t0 the upper 70's.  We left Loxley around 9:30 and had a short route - only 39 miles today.  

A peaceful morning scene
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It was good for us that today is Sunday.  We had several miles of construction on Hwy 90 past Loxley.  There was only one lane open each way, but the traffic was light and the drivers were patient.  We didn't have any trouble riding through it.

At a c-store stop in Spanish Fort, we enjoyed talking to a father and son who were interested in hearing about our trip.  Jackson wasn't sure he wanted to be in the blog, but his dad persuaded him to let me take their picture.  His injury is from playing kickball.

Dad Lance and son Jackson - both very nice guys.
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Past Spanish Fort, we rode over a combination of bridges and causeways across the north end of Mobile Bay.

The first bridge we crossed went over Blakely River.  It was very muddy.

It's hard to appreciate in this photo, but the water is very brown. I don't know if it is from all the recent rain or if it is always like this.
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On the east side of Mobile is the USS Alabama battleship.  There are also  other military ships and aircraft on display.  We've been there a couple of times, so we didn't stop today.

USS Alabama
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Keith A. SpanglerI visited here, they had a nice museum. It was pretty dead when I passed through in 2018.
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We got a brief view of downtown Mobile.
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Rose SamsonWow! you've gone far already. I enjoyed the pictures, I can only admire the beautiful world we have. The mobile bridge is impressive! Be safe.
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The final and longest, highest bridge was the bridge over the Mobile River.

The suspension cables look like sails.
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A closer look at the suspension cables.
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Rose SamsonThe cables remind me of St. Petersburg skybridge where we us to go fishing with friends. We got 30 mackerels. We have to wake up friends at 10:00PM to give them the Mackerels. One couple were so Happy they made Mackerel Sushi. Delicious & fresh! Then we quit fishing.....played golf and we had so much fun! Watch out for dogs okay!
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Mobile has a busy port. Barges are lined up in the river.
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Ships in the river
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Once we crossed this bridge, we were into Mobile.  We rode several miles through impoverished neighborhoods, then came into what must be an historic Mobile residential area.  

There was a beautiful tree canopy

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And many elegant old homes

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Rose SamsonWhat a beautiful house! I wish that's what we have! Oh well, too late now.
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Rose SamsonWhat a beautiful house! I wish that's what we have! Oh well, too late now.
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We got in early and had a very good Mexican lunch.  After lunch, I went to do the laundry and had do deal with multiple aggravations (broken machines and snarly staff).  I went across the street to another hotel, but their machines were down as well.  Finally, Kerry went out and found a hotel that had a working laundry, so in the end everything worked out.

We're ready to roll to Mississippi tomorrow.

Today's ride: 38 miles (61 km)
Total: 732 miles (1,178 km)

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Keith A. SpanglerUR moving right along......
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