The alarm went off at 6am but we were both awake well before then. It had been a very long night as we kept waking up due to nerves and general frustration. Every single noise had woken us up and made us paranoid that there was something outside. The tiredness made for less than chirpy moods and our breakfast really wasn’t delicious.
After slowly packing up we took the advice of the ranger that we had spoken to the night before and headed along a trail to the main road. The trail was lovely and quite short, a huge contrast to the sand roads that we had been on the night before. Before long we got on to the main road that bisected Green Swamp and we made steady progress along, very impressed with how courteous the drivers were.
By the time we reached the bigger US 50 we had started to tire a little and starting to think about the amount of water we had left so we pulled in to a church by the road in Linden. Charlotte walked round the church but couldn’t find anybody so after a 20 minute rest we headed off again but thanks to the wonder of the GPS went down the much smaller County Road 772 instead of US 50. It was a lovely shaded road which definitely helped with the heat.
After 11am and especially when it got past noon it started to get pretty hot and Charlotte was struggling with the heat having not had the time I’d had to adapt. We took lots of breaks in air conditioned places where we could also fill up our water bottles. Publix, a pretty nice supermarket chain, in particular was a life saver.
As we closed in on our destination we hit a short steep hill and Charlottes body gave up. She collapsed under the tree half way up and sat there trying to cool down. Resting for a few minutes helped as did the knowledge that we were only 10 minutes away from our destination. One final push!
We pulled up where the GPS lead us and tried using the intercom as the gates were locked. There was no answer. I went for a walk round the side of the property to see if there was anyone in the back garden while Charlotte sat in the tiny area of shade offered by the pillars of the gate. While I was walking a car pulled up but much to my surprise it went through the gates but Charlotte didn’t follow. I jogged back to where she was waiting to be told that we were apparently at the wrong place but the owner had said we could come in, sit in his AC, go for a swim in his pool or just have a drink if we wanted.
We were working out what we should do when an SUV pulled up behind us and a man got out introducing himself as Seth. Apparently a worker of his had seen us cycling round and so knew we should have gotten to his place, as we hadn’t he’d come out to find us! He offered to take our bags and bikes in his car but as it was only a mile away we said he should just take the bags off Charlotte’s bike and we’d ride over. The difference for her between it and her fully laden touring bike were amazing. She felt so much more agile and had no problems riding the short distance to Seths where we got cleaned up and had a great evening.