7/12/16. We left Lake City this morning and, freestyling rather than following the “official” Southern Tier route, we took the US90 all day which was not as bad as it sounds. In fact there appears to be a long distance cycle route (also numbered 90) which goes the same way. The hard shoulder kept the fast moving traffic just sufficiently far from our left hand side that we didn’t feel too uncomfortable.
The only things of note that we passed were (1) a native American church complete with two tepees in the grounds and (2) a sign announcing we were in Houston – but not that one!.
After passing through Live Oak we were nearing our destination so we delayed lunch until we arrived at the Suwannee River State Park. Yes! As in the Al Jolson song although the “u” was dropped to help it scan.
Once we had eaten and set up camp we had an enjoyable afternoon taking a leisurely stroll along the banks of the river humming the song very quietly to ourselves. (Neither of us can hold a tune to save our lives!)
The other excitement of the day came when Stephen started to cook the evening repast and he discovered that the fuel bottle was almost empty and wouldn’t generate enough pressure to boil the water for pasta! Oops! So dinner was pretty much the same as lunch with hard boiled egg and cheese sandwiches although we did have a starter of avocado and there were yoghurts to finish up.
It may not be cordon bleu but we don’t intend to starve!
The route followed a railroad pretty much all day and there is a level crossing right by the gateway to the campsite which we had to cross on our way in. While the trains are not very frequent, the sound of their extremely loud horns/whistles as they approach each of the many road crossings carries for an awfully long way and builds in crescendo before dying away – especially in the middle of the night!
And they are mighty long trains. Waiting for one to pass on the way up the coast Stephen counted over 150 wagons carrying either 1 or 2 containers and today we were passed by a coal train with 4 locomotives.