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RIDE REPORT / Lillian, AL to Gainesville, FL

March 10, 2014

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Late May, 2009 – Lillian, Alabama

I got an early start that morning.  I slept fantastically but woke up at 6:00 am and had a hankering to get moving.  I wanted to visit the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola but did not want to hang around until they opened several hours later.  In retrospect, I wish I had.  But, these were early days in my long distance motorcycle wanderings and I was always in a hurry to get somewhere.

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Gear packed, I rolled out of the KOA and rolled onto 10 East towards Tallahassee.  Somewhere near the interstate I found a Waffle house, staggered inside and ordered a huge breakfast.  Biscuits and gravy, hash browns, bacon and toast, and enough Iced Tea to make the 1775 British empire jealous.  I needed good eating before hitting the road.

As you can see from the map below, this route was serious brain fart as the map shows a more interesting chance to ride along the coast through Gulf Breeze, Fort Walton, Panama City, Port St. Joe, etc.

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Oh well, live and learn (I did).  My journal on this ride is less than a paragraph.  Basically it says “I rode and rode some more, and watched the Preakness race at a bar in a non descript Gainesville mall” 

I rolled into Gainesville late that afternoon.  It had been a completely boring ride – all slab interstate and crazed truck drivers.  I checked into a La Quinta or Best Western and crashed.  I know, I know, this is not the best travel writing or record keeping.  Stick with me, It gets better as I got more experience. 

UP NEXT – Gainesville, FL to Pompano Beach, FL and the Florida Keys!

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