Today I was to leave Alabama and head towards Crestview, Florida. I felt sad again leaving my friends in Alabama and was most surprised by this stop. Fairhope was a beautiful place with very kind people. I got an early start that morning and went and got coffee at my favorite coffee shop on the whole ride, “Latte Da,” which shared the name of a popular coffee shop that was in Statesboro years ago. I engaged in many conversations there as it was obvious from my bicycle and packed panniers that I was heading somewhere. Remarkabaly, many people spoke to me about their personal issues with alcohol or drugs, and I ended up staying there for quite some time.
I had breakfast at Panini Pete’s next door, and again many people were inquiring about my travels. The couple eating next to me were physicians, and very interested in my journey and reaffirmed the need for treatment of Addiction as one of them claimed to see people with this disease daily in the Emergency Room. He was also the first Exercise Science undergrad at Auburn University, so we had much to talk about. After they left and I went to pay for my breakfast and I discovered that they had paid for my meal - Thanks to y’all wherever you are!
I paid a last visit to Pro Cycle & Triathalon Shop whom I found all to be extremely helpful in not only maintencing my bike but helping me plan my route. One of the staff eluded to me privately about a previous issue with addiction that had been overcome. I was overall very impressed with the Town of Fairhope and would come back in a heartbeat to visit!
The hours started getting late and I left around 11 am. It was a 100 mile ride to Crestview, Florida complete with rolling hills and hot and humid temperatures. I was grateful to have missed the terrible thunderstorms and tornadoes that plagued the area just a week ago. The day was longer and much harder than I expected but I arrived around 8 pm ready for bed. Two more days of long riding until Albany!