The 6-week journey will be across the “southern transcontinental route”, covering southern sections of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northern Florida. Arrival at the finish line in St. Augustine, FL is projected for April 10, 2010.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Humphrey Bogart in DeFuniak, FL!

Hi Everybody,
Woke up to clouds and fog this morning but the weather improved as the day went on.  Very warm and humid later in the day and the stars are out tonight so that looks good for tomorrow.

Dave and Mike biked from our campsite back into Milton this morning to make up some mileage that they missed way back west someplace.  Wouldn't want anyone to think that they didn't cover enough miles, you know!!  Some of the ride this morning was on an actual bike path instead of a road.  They said it was hilly and very scenic.  Paula and I saw lots of bikers on the highway we were on.  One group of about 20+ rode by with a police escort.  Another couple I talked to at the gas station in Holt, FL were out training for a 67 mile ride next weekend.  I have to mention that Paula and I are experts now on gas station bathrooms and coffee machines!  Chevron has the best coffee.  Won't comment on the condition of most of the bathrooms.  Most of the time we are not too particular!

We got to Crestview for lunch and were met by Lee, Susan, Courtney, and Cameron Kloos who drove up from  Niceville, FL to see us.  Susan is the daughter of my dear college friend Debbie Jansen and her husband Gene.  Lee is an Air Force fighter pilot based at Eglin Air Force Base flying F-16's.  He is transitioning to the F-35 this Fall.  Dave and I had not seen Susan since she was a little girl.  Our visit was short but so enjoyable.

the guys biked on to Ponce de Leon where we picked them up and drove back to DeFuniak for the night.  We are in a nice RV park but only 2 other groups are here.  Seems strange.  We are on a main highway south to the gulf beaches and there has been a steady stream of cars since we got here and the manager of the park says that it has been like that all day.  We decided to come back here because DeFuniak is a larger town and has a large Methodist Church.  Paula and I did a little driving around here earlier and the church is located on a lovely little lake in the middle of town with beautiful antebellum houses all around the lake.  We are anxious to walk around and maybe picnic near the lake tomorrow after church.

We decided to eat out tonight and went to what looked on the outside to be a casual, downhome type eating place.  Bogey's (yes, after Humphrey Bogart) turned out to be quite upscale and moderately expensive with linen cloths and napkins, live music, quite formal in atmosphere and clientele.  We hesitated at the door but the hostess was very friendly and assured us that we were welcome.  Her son-in-law is the chef and the food was delicious, right down to the homemade key lime pie!!
Pictures of all the 40's and 50's movie stars lined the walls with "Bogey" being the most prominent.  We decided that this would be our Easter dinner!!

Thinking of home tonight and all the Easter preparations.  Good luck to the men and the breakfast tomorrow morning and to the youth as well.  Pastor has sent his sermons for tomorrow and for last Sunday so we can feel more connected to you all. Ron called to say how nice the Seder meal was and how well the choir did.  Judi reported on the Tenebrae service and said that it was inspirational as usual.  We send our blessings as you praise the risen Savior tomorrow.

It is nice to have the windows open on the motorhome tonight.  We are in a pine grove and the smell is divine.

Love and blessings,

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