C2C2011 Day 44 Dauphin Island, AL to Milton, FL

A very different day today in many ways. It is Easter and outside of our tents the Easter Bunny has left everyone a present. This helps us get ready for a long day with a later start because of the ferry crossing and long mileage, 85 mile.

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The sky is bright and clear this morning, not fog today. Plus we start our day with a ferry ride across the bay to Gulf Shores, AL.

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The number of gas rigs in this area is very surprising, we can see about 15 as we cross to the main land. They look like something from the movie “Aliens”. On the mainland side we are greeted by lots of pelicans.

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Today is our first day that we have a shoulder or bike lane to ride in for the whole day. That is really good because there is a lot of traffic and a strong headwind. But we’ve been riding with headwind for so long that it just slows us down now. The Gulf Shores area of Alabama looks very new and much more up scale than the area of Florida that follows. It is a joy to be riding in an area with lots of interesting things to see along the road.

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When we stop for a donut we notice that the local paper is called “The Mullet Wraper”.

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At the Florida border we see the Florabama, home of the mullet tossing festival.

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Across the bridge, the first of 5 bridges today, we see Pensacoloa. This is definitely a much nicer part of Alabama than it is of Flodia.

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After Pensacola, the road quiets but there is still a shoulder and good riding. Off to camp for the night.

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A long but great cycling day ends quickly as the weather cools and we run for out tents.

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