#SD2KW, Day 47, Gautier to Dauphin Island, 56 Miles | Best Laid Plans

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Whereas yesterday we cycled the day away with no thought to the time, today we had a deadline: the 2pm ferry across Mobile Bay. It was a little over 55 miles (last 10 a stout headwind) but but we got ‘er done with 45 minutes to spare. We had a Marriott hotel reserved in Pensacola thanks to Annie. Plans were made!

The ferry cuts off 117 miles and it’s just cool to ride a ferry. We rode The Badger over Lake Michigan and another ferry up in Canada on our Northern Tier bike tour. They’re fun!

When they work.

Ten minutes before we arrived Tom checked the ferry’s Facebook page (their preferred communication platform) for updates and learned that a mechanical failure on the ramp rendered the ferry inaccessible.

Although the campground across the street was full, and Dauphin is a small island, Tom was able to score digs for the night at the Gulf Breeze Motel. Cute, quaint and quiet, the motel even has a “real” phone.

It’s unlikely the ferry ramp will be fixed tomorrow so we may have to take the day off. Bright side? It’s not a bad place to take a zero.

Dark side? What if the ferry isn’t fixed for days… that would be 30 miles back to the Mobile alternate start (which includes going back over that long windy causeway) and then 117 more for the alternate route through Mobile and down to Gulf Shores. It’s always an adventure… and there are always cards to play and M&Ms to eat.

Having crossed the Alabama state line we have Florida in our sites!

For the Second Graders

Brody wants to know if you have a friend in every state? Well Brody we have run a marathon in every state and now we want to ride our bike in every state. We are almost finished! Every state we visit we make friends so yes I guess you could say we have a friend in all 50 states.😊

Jackson thinks each of you have one pair of shoes. Is he right? Jackson, that is good thinking on your part because you know how important it is to save room when traveling a long distance on a bike. However, we have two pair of shoes. One pair is for riding and they have special “cleats” on the bottom of them to snap into our bike pedals. This helps us ride better. The other pair of shoes are “camp” shoes and we wear them whenever we are not riding our bike.

Will we will answer your question next time.

Mr. Gardner and I have a question for the second graders: What makes a good friend? Turn and talk to your neighbor (if your teacher says it’s ok).

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#SD2KW, Day 46, Pearlington to Gautier, 66 Miles | Gulf In View; O The Joy

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If you’ve been following us for a while you know when we were shivering in Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Texas, we could hardly wait until we could cycle in short sleeves and shorts. And we couldn’t wait to see the Gulf of Mexico. Today was that day! Well kind of. 🤣

We were so socked in with fog for most of the day we hardly saw anything. 😂 Well maybe except the ginormous guitar by Hard Rock Cafe in Biloxi.

Early this morning we met westbound rider, Mary and her pooch Migs who travels with her on her bike in a chest carrier. She estimates she’s carrying about 80 pounds with gear and doggie. Woof!

We rode through towns along the Gulf mostly on bike lanes without any sense of a schedule, because we had none and took breaks when we took a liking to unique signs, carvings or other local landmarks such the Angel Tree in Bay St. Louis. Created by chainsaw sculpture Dayle Lewis (from Indiana 😉), one of the below pictured Angel Trees is located near Our Lady of the Gulf Church however there are two more located on Demontluzin Avenue, one of which was used as a life raft by three Katrina survivors and their dog.

Tom found his favorite bike shop in Ocean Springs this afternoon when he stopped to add air to our tires with a proper air pump. They have a beer tap in the store. What? The only time we’ve seen that is at The Hub right outside of Pisgah National Forest. Ok now Tom has two fave bike shops.

Tom scored a nice campsite at a state park right on the route.

However, as I write this at 1:30am, a pesky raccoon just opened up my bike bag and tried to run away with my peanut M & Ms after he ate my crackers and peanuts. Tom chased him away and he dropped them so I got my candy back. I’m sure he’ll be back. Once they know there is food, they always come back. 🦝

For the second graders:

Jackson wants to know if you have enough clothes with you. What if it rains and you get all wet? Yes we have plenty of clothes because we wear the same clothes all of the time. We don’t need new outfits everyday to look good. Instead we wear clothing to keep us warm, cool or dry.

If it rains and it’s cold, (below 45 degrees or so) we put on a raincoat right away to keep our body warm and dry. Continuing to ride our bikes helps keep us warm. If it’s warm out, we just ride in the rain and our clothes dry while we are riding. If it is storming and there is lightning we always find shelter until it stops.

I have a question for you, Jackson. How many pair of shoes do you think we bring?

Brody we will answer your question next time.👍🏻

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