St. Mary’s Winter Ride–Day 4 Okefenokee Swamp ride

It’s not all about biking.  Sometimes you have to use a kayak to see the beauty of a place like Okefenokee.  But curiously, Jenny and I had never kayak together much less individually.  And so here we go.  Smiles on our faces and oars in our hands.

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Into the swamp we went.  Jenny in front and me in back of this two person kayak.

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Things were going well until Jenny got “out of sync” with her rowing.  She would lift the oar out of the water and let it dry for a while and I was doing all the rowing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Eventually we worked it out so that one or the other of us would row and the other would site see. The swamp was really nice.  Lots of varying vegetation.  Moss was a very popular decoration on the trees

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There were also some beautiful cloud formations overhead and some nicely arranged lily pads in the water.

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Eventually we returned to the main channel and headed back to the dock.  The sky again presented a wonderful view particularly with the multiple contrails that marked the sky.

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In prior years, we have been able to see alligators along the shore line.  But with the colder weather they were apparently curled up in their warm dens.

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After Okefenokee we headed home to Flat Rock.  The BRAG Winter Ride is always fun and full of adventure and its great to spend it with a friendly group of bikers.

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By the way, in my post for the Day 1 events I failed to describe what was in one of the pictures.  If you click on this image it will open it larger in a separate window.  What you will see is a biker on a recumbent bike.  This young lady and her husband had been in a serious car accident a few years back and both lost the full use of their legs.  So she rides in a horizontal position and uses only her arm power to move the bike forward.  She is ahead of me in this picture and that was where she stayed as long as I was riding with her.  She was very strong.  This was a very impressive biker.

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We thank Jerry and Gloria Colley for all their efforts in putting BRAG bike events together.  They are always fun and often adventurous.  The only down side is putting up with Jerry’s humor.  Thanks guys.  We had a great time.

Mike, Georgie and Jenny

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