St. Mary’s Winter Ride–Days 3 Fernandina Beach

So after seeing beautiful Cumberland Island, we looked forward to the ferry ride to Fernandina Beach, Florida, on Day 3.  After breakfast at the hotel we took our bikes down to the dock and waited patiently for the arrival of the ferry boat.

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The weather was still a bit cold and there was a wind blowing that added to the chill factor.  But hey, we were going to sunny Florida today.  Curiously, however, the Floridians were experiencing a freeze warning that was not the norm for them.  For us, it was like spring.

The boat ride was relaxing but quite cold.  They had put the canvas sides down to cut the wind but some of the cold air managed to circulate inside the passenger cabin.  Our  friend, Gloria, confiscated most of the available blankets and wrapped herself snugly as a defense against the cold.

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Once we arrived at Fernandina Beach harbor, we off-loaded our bikes and headed out for a tour that included biking around Amelia Island.

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After about an hour we stopped at a very nice cafe in Amelia Island and had a good lunch.  Georgie, who was not riding, had driven her van to this point and met us for lunch.  Jenny had, of course, ridden the distance with me.

After lunch we headed back to the harbor to catch the ferry back to St. Mary’s.  But before we got there I had to stop at this iconic site that has been a landmark for many of my Florida rides.

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The Sandy Bottoms Bar and Grill along with the adjacent beach, have always been quick stop-overs while waiting for the other bikers to group up.  Back at the harbor we were afforded some time to explore the stores  in town.  I, however, found this pod of pelicans gathered at the dock waiting for someone to throw them a fish.  These guys have been grouped up here for the last several years and they have no fear of us tourists seeking their picture.  So naturally with my experience of photographing cows and horses on the road as well as talking to them, I tried to do the same with the pelicans.  And it worked.  When I said “Okay, I want you to gather up for a group shot” sure enough that pelican on the far left got the hint and came over to be in the center of the picture.  Silly pelican.

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Seriously.  They understood what I wanted and did it.  I did miss the best picture, however.  There was a lone pelican standing at the back door of this seafood store as if he were waiting to get a servicing of fish handed to him.

After a relaxing boat ride back to St. Mary’s, we headed to the hotel where Georgie prepared another great happy hour for all of the bikers.

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The next day we headed to the Okefenokee Swamp for a little kayaking adventure.

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See my next post of that event.

 

 

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