Well, we are in our FINAL state of PAC Tour; we crossed into Georgia from Alabama after 3 miles of riding today as we crossed Lake Eufala. The route was slated to be 104 miles (piece of cake these days) and some of us took a detour after lunch to visit Andersonville, GA, the site of the brutal prisoner of war camps were during the Civil War. This detour added a few miles to give me a total of 113 miles with 4,594 feet of climbing. The POW camp consisted of housing the thousands of prisoners out in open fields with no protection from the elements.
The terrain today continued to show us some early large rollers and then flattened out some as the day progressed. The weather AGAIN cooperated but it was still on the hot side in the mid-90 degree range. So, tomorrow’s 114 mile ride to Metter, GA will be our last ‘full’ day of riding before our arrival into Savannah on Thursday with an 86 mile day. Also, we are finally now on Eastern time which is my home time zone and easier to make phone calls to friends and family in Rhode Island and Florida.
Arrival here tonight was extra special for me as two friends from the Atlanta area drove 2 hrs to have dinner with me. Stacy and Taffi are veterinary ophthalmologists and good friends in addition to being colleagues- it was great to see familiar faces from ‘home’ and a sign that we’re getting close to the end of this PAC Tour adventure. Well, time to post this info and photos and will ‘talk’ to you tomorrow night….
Stacy (left), myself, and Taffi (right) meeting in Perry, GA for dinner. I wonder if I can write off this trip since we talked practice management over dinner?….Nah…. or….”How many veterinary ophthalmologists does it take to change a light bulb?” Answer: Three- one to turn out the room lights, a second to examine the burned light bulb filaments with the slit lamp biomicroscope, and the third to replace the new bulb… or something corny like that…