#SD2KW, Day 53, Lloyd to Suwannee River State Park, 59 Miles | Your Attention Please

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Today’s moment that gave me pause to reflect was meeting Earl. A gentle giant both in physical and spiritual stature, he started his walk across America on March 1st on Jacksonville Beach and is headed for the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco.

We asked him “why” and I’m sure he wanted to ask us the same. ☺️ He answered though and what he said got me thinking. He said it’s important what he “attends to”. His attention (time) is his most valuable asset. What he invests his time in forms forms his life. He felt he needed time for extended reflection. I know this. Tom knows this. It’s a good reminder. Would love to catch up with Earl at the end of us journey to see what else he can share. However, he gives no attention to social media so I can’t “follow” him. Now that gave ME something to else to think about.

Tom wanted me to let you know he’s pretty sure he was standing in a hole next to Earl in the above pic . 😂

The sign before we crossed the Suwannee River said it was was “historic”. I know it’s mentioned in a song but what else?

The Suwannee River originates in the Okefenokee Seamp (the largest swamp in North America) and flows about 260 miles until it reaches the Gulf of Mexico. It’s darkish water runs through state parks, is fed by natural springs and flows by Civil War battlefields. And yep, in case you’re wondering, there’s ‘gaters in there.

The dogs are still out in rural Florida albeit most are chained up or fenced in. However once today, we met four loose dogs who wanted to welcome us to their county 😝 while the fifth dog sat on the hood of the car in the yard and watched the whole scenario unfold. I don’t give these dogs my attention anymore. Well let’s just say I don’t have a visceral fear of being chased and bitten. We just stop, holler and they run away. So thanks for the prayers, all.

In case you were wondering, Tallahassee was our fourth state capital. We also rode through Phoenix, Austin and Baton Rouge. 🚴🏼‍♂️🚴🏼‍♀️

Digs at the Suwannee River State Park tonight.

Flushers out of order but tent sites are 💯

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18 thoughts on “#SD2KW, Day 53, Lloyd to Suwannee River State Park, 59 Miles | Your Attention Please”

  1. Glad you have good weather and happy you met Earl. It’s amazing the people that are “placed” in our lives for what purpose, only God knows…keep the faith my friend, and as I know you do, spread it far and wide 🙏🥰

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  2. Encounters like Earl are the magic that causes out minds to wander for miles considering all the different stories we miss in sheltered lives. Thanks for including him and his message. Can you smell the Atlantic yet?

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    1. You are so spot on. He had a smile that lit up our path and eyes that were gentle as can be. Can’t smell the Atlantic yet but getting soooo close!


    1. Well we’re only a couple days from St. Augustine but we have 500 more miles to Key West so you’re stuck with us for a while. 😂 Thanks so much for taking an interest. Getting ready to work on today’s blog. It was near perfect riding. 😉


      1. Hey when your in St Augustine be sure and check out the fountain of youth, could be just what the doctor ordered! Jeff Noel was telling me they were just down there and had to check the place out!

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      2. Might need to fill up our water bottles there before heading south to Key West. 👍🏻👍🏻 Thanks for the tip! 😊


  3. I love Earl and everyting he stands for. We all need much more inner self analysis. I’m really glad you ran into him so I could be reminded real stuff.

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