Tuesday, June 3, 2008

June 3, 2008: Ocean Springs, MS to Dauphin Island, AL

We left Ocean Springs at around 6:15 and made haste along US-90 before turning south to Dauphin Island. The island is accessed via a long (something like 2.5 miles) bridge, with a high center. Until we hit the coast we had either no wind or a tail wind, but that changed once we got out to the water. I didn't feel like fighting the wind, so I watched Ray and Fred pull away to attack the bridge. They stopped at the top, so I caught up with them there and we rode onto the island together. Today's ride was 62 miles and took us only 3 hours and 50 minutes or so. We easily maintained a 16 mph pace until we got to the Gulf. Fred is really doing well now.

We came upon our second bike tourists today -- two young guys who started in Key West and are headed to Washington State. Fred explained the whole Tour de Fred concept, including that it was a celebration of his 60th birthday. "NO WAY!" they cried. "WAY!" we cried in return. Geezer Power!

We are staying tonight at a wonderful B & B, The Dauphin House. We believe there is one other guest, but we have not seen him or her yet. Tomorrow is a short 49 miles and includes a ferry ride (our fingers and toes are crossed), so we figure we can break with tradition and stay long enough to partake of the included breakfast.

While at the local store to pick up supplies, Fred found a fishing pole kit, which he promptly bought. On our return to the B & B, he headed for the dock and actually succeeded in catching a fish! 

After ten straight days and something like 650 miles of riding, I must admit that I am looking forward to our rest day on Pensacola beach on Thursday.

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