It really is in sight now. Our last official day!

Trip Start Aug 12, 2009
Trip End Sep 11, 2009

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

We crossed into Florida about 4:00pm today and to say the least, we were excited.  It really felt good to ride into our "final" state of the Four Corners Tour.  Of course we plan much more after we finish in Key West tomorrow but the major goal will be accomplished, Lord willing, by mid-afternoon tomorrow.  As I mentioned yesterday, the weather forecast was not good for our ride plan today but proving that being a weather forecaster requires the same qualifications as a toll booth collector, we had a beautiful sunny ride all the way.  We hit some morning fog in the Appalachian mountains this morning but between fog banks, what a beautiful site.  The rolling mountains with low-hanging clouds was spectacular.  The ride through Tennessee, North Carolina and the northern part of South Carolina was just amazing.  As we got close to Georgia, it leveled out but the roads were good, dry and traffic was pretty light all day.  We transitioned off I-26 onto I-95 which is the major artery for north/south traffic on the east coast.  We expected heavy traffic as people headed home from weekend events but overall, even that traffic was pretty light.  The temps increased dramatically and while humidity probably went down from the areas of dense fog in the morning, the heat combined with pretty high humidity was tough for a couple of desert rats.  We survived and the Best Western here is great and had the AC unit running full blast in our room when we got in.  All is well!

I have to admit I was remiss on an important item from a couple days ago in Maryland.  I met a gentleman named Earnest who was just laid off.  We told him we'd pray for him and pass his name along to all the prayer warriors we know are reading the Blog.  Please keep Earnest in prayer as he searches for a new job.

Barb and I talked about our Blog tonight and decided that as we come to a close on this part of the adventure, we'd list our major observations.  Mine are first and then Barb's.  We hope they can be a learning tool for those of you who plan a longer ride in the future.

1. Spend whatever you have to in order to be sure you get the best rain gear.  When it fails, you really appreciate being dry.

2. Buying gloves that have a label that says waterproof does not mean that they will keep out water.  I'm not sure what it means but it clearly does not mean it will keep out water.

3. Get a sheepskin seat cover before you go.  They are wonderful and when you can't use it, you realize how good they are.

4. Don't feel you have to just stick to the freeways to make the timeline of 21 days for this trip.  We have been able to visit a lot of states not on the direct route and are still well ahead of schedule.

5. Most importantly, start your day with prayer.  Barb and I take a few minutes before we go "kickstands up" to pray for the day.  This along with all your prayers have kept us safe and made this trip a true joy.

Now, Barb's....

1. Hot and Dry weather beats Hot and Humid hands down.

2. Paul's head is somehow attractive to birds.  Turkeys and cardinals like to fly towards it for some reason.

3. Wet leather smells bad and takes a long time to dry. Hmmm...maybe that' smell is me.

4. North Carolina smells really good. Hmmm maybe That's me...nah it isn't.

5. Pennsylvania smells pretty bad....nope not me.

6. If you see a dead skunk in the middle of the road open the visor to get that smell out right away.  There seems to be a theme here.

7. Kudzu is really weird stuff it grows on everything once it gets started, there is a lot of it in the Southeast.

8. The Appalachian Mountains are absolutely gorgeous and to be able to see them on a bike has been an honor.

God Bless you all and thanks again for your prayers for us as we continue down this road.

Today we travelled 554 miles.

Paul and Barb

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