Day 44 E. Palatka, FL to St. Augustine, FL - Gass-powered Tandem: xcountry - CycleBlaze

April 12, 2021

Day 44 E. Palatka, FL to St. Augustine, FL

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Mike WebbKen and Franci,
Huge congratulations to both of you and your amazing team of riders. We are all very impressed with this huge accomplishment, and overjoyed that it was a safe trip.
Anxious to see you back home again in Bellingham.
Mike
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2 weeks ago
Francie GassThank you, Mike!
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2 weeks ago

Our last day...we woke up excited and even a little teary.  For six weeks, we have ridden a bike every day but 5, and most of those days, we on the road for 7 hours.  It will be quite an adjustment to come back to regular life! 

Team huddle before our last day on the road together
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The weather today was gorgeous; some clouds in the a.m. but cloudless by 10. 

Florida has nice bike trails!
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Check out the horns!
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Jacquie LowellI had no idea there were longhorns in Florida! Great pic!
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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. 

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We rode to St. Augustine Beach (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!  Felt very special!

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Dennis is opening champagne for us!
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Krista GordonStill smiling!
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Devra JohnsonCongratulations!!! I'm sure our have made many cherished memories these past six weeks.
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Jacquie LowellFrom ocean to ocean! How inspiring! And what a fun ending, with balloons and champagne. Congrats and virtual hugs to the Gass powered riders!
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Ken GassTo Jacquie LowellAnd a hug right back to you, Jacq! Thanks for giving us the good send off in San Diego! We are already plotting our next epic journey with Cycle of Life, following the Mississippi from its MN source to New Orleans, about 2,000 miles.😊
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2 weeks ago

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

On to the next journey...whatever that may be.

Today's ride: 44 miles (71 km)
Total: 44 miles (71 km)

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Jeanna & Kerry SmithCongratulations on your accomplishment. Well done!
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3 weeks ago
Kathleen JonesWell done! enjoy your rest.
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Steven BanCongrats, Francie and Ken, on a magnificent physical, mental and emotional accomplishment!!
Thank you for taking us along for the ride!
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Julie Gasscongratulations! What an amazing accomplishment. We have really enjoyed reading your daily blog. Thank you for taking us along on your incredible journey! Julie
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Ken GassTo Jeanna & Kerry SmithThanks everyone for your congratulations. Beyond our 12 months of preparation, we owe a lot for achieving our goal to the support of Dennis, Tom & Elli of Cycle of Life Adventures and our fellow riders Rocio, Theresa, Tony, Seymour & Jerr.
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Joann JohnsonCongratulations on an epic and challenging adventure! Well done!!!!
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