Posted by: heatherandandybrown | January 7, 2012

Goodbye Florida, Hello Alabama!

Day 24- 37.6miles – Panama City Beach, FL to Destin, FL – 3hrs 32mins in the saddle- Below Freezing and Windy

Day 25– 47.6miles – Destin, FL to Pensacola Beach, FL – 3hs 48mins in the saddle- Cool & Mostly Sunny

Day 26- 41.4miles – Pensacola Beach, FL to Gulf Shores, AL- 3hrs 33mins in the saddle- Warm & Windy

Day 27– 31.5miles – Gulf Shores, AL to Dauphin Island, AL – 2hrs 35mins in the saddle- Mostly Cloudy & Warm


Our first day back on the road from our break in Panama Beach City we experienced our coldest  weather yet. Florida was not spared from the “Arctic Blast” that ran through the East with temperatures hoovering around freezing all day and pretty strong headwinds. We dressed for the weather and stayed relatively warm. The day’s route had us going through some spectacular beach communities (two that we remember are Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach). We stopped in a cute town center to take a bathroom break and eat some snacks. Just as we were about to leave we noticed that Ollie’s trailer had a completely flat tire. The bike gods were shinning down on us that day because 20ft away was a bike rental shop where we borrowed a stand-up bike pump.

Day 25 was our reward for making it through the cold day before. There was absolutely no wind and there was very little traffic all day! Our favorite stretch was 8 miles through the Santa Rosa National Park which had sand dunes as big as buildings. If your travels ever take you to Pensacola Beach, we highly recommend that you stay at the family owned Paradise Inn. The room had a rustic Italian character, they have their own private beach and an attached bar and grill. Our back door even opened up to a fenced in dog run where Ollie enjoyed some off the leash fun.

After 18 days of trekking through Florida, we crossed over the Alabama state line. So far, the Alabama coast has not been that different than Florida. We have seen some beautiful bodies of water, lots of white sand, and have continued to enjoy the Gulf’s freshest seafood. Today’s journey culminated with a peaceful ferry ride over to Dauphin Island. We had been warned that the ferry might be closed due to mechanical issues (The alternate route would have added 80 miles onto our trip). Good fortune continued to follow us as the ferry opened this afternoon after days of being closed.

As we are nearing the end of our adventure, we would like our next post to be “Reader’s Choice.” Leave any question you have about our trip as a comment on this post and we will answer it 🙂

Peace and love,

Heather, Andy & Ollie

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR ROUTE  (You have to scroll down to the bottom of the sidebar and click page2 to see the most recent part of our trip)



  1. The pix are awesome! What a wonderful experience for the entire family. My question is this: If there was one thing you are carrying that you could exchange for something you left behind, what would it be and why?

  2. Roll Tide!

  3. Your family back in NYS is so enjoying your voyage – You two are amazing!! xxoo Cuz Pete & Tracey!!

  4. Ben wants to know what was the best and worst parts of your journey. I want to know what city/town you would visit again in order to spend more time. We love you guys very much and can’t wait to see you soon!

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