The first challenge of the day was to get over the "Florida Mountains" and through downtown Tallahassee, both of which occur in the same location. The mountains topped out at an 11% grade on downtown streets. Traffic wasn't too bad, but the climbing was slow, and stoplights along the way created an extra challenge for the recumbents, which can be tricky to start on a hill.
We made it through downtown to the campus of Florida State University. It looks to be a lovely campus. We stopped for a few pics and an opportunity to regroup. We rode passed their beautiful brick stadium, a large, beautiful piece of architecture. I didn't get a picture as we were pressed to get out of the city, but it is an impressive building.
|Kari in downtown Tallahassee (Florida Mountains). 11% grade. |
Photo by Roger Gaither
|Little shop near FSU campus|
|Kari (bluekat), Ace, and Jo at the gate to FSU. Photo courtesy of Roger Gaither|
|Scenic driveway :)|
|Ace summiting a hill|
|Jo and Kari. Photo by Roger Gaither|
The second thing that happened in Quincy was a missed turn. We didn't see our turn and continued along a road that soon dropped into the biggest hill I think we've encountered in Florida. It was a steep, fast descent and then a slightly less steep incline that ended in an T-intersection. Two of the streets were dead ends. One returned to highway 90. We pondered the hill we would have to climb to return to our missed turn and decided the highway didn't seem all that bad. Both would get us to Sneads. Highway it is.
Highway 90 was pretty low traffic. Pavement was smooth and most likely the hills were graded and easy to ride.
Somewhere along the way we saw a spectacular sundog and we had to stop and snaps some photos.
|In Georgia with Jo and Ace. Photo by Roger Gaither|
|Roger taking photos of the Apalachicola River and dam|
|Jim Woodruff Dam|
|Home of the Chattahoochee Red Birds! Photo by Roger Gaither|
a few hills