Florida is very different from the rest of the South. The southern accents and traditions are not as pervasive. Much of the population are non-indigenous or retired transplants. Florida has a California feel, only with more bugs, humidity, and seniors. The aging population has found a home in Florida. How strange to leave the home where you reared your children, break the bonds with work, friends, and community, say goodbye to your memories, and to relocate unconnected. It seems to be a successful transition for many Floridians.
I sure did not feel like getting on that bike today. Reluctantly, I left Pensacola Bay, pushed 85 miles into the wind and finished by 2:30. Once more I dodged the thunderstorms. The rain started at nightfall. Unfortunately it may continue through tomorrow. In fact, the weather service just issued a tornado watch alert for this area. The ride ain't over yet.