Well Wednesday was a day to make some miles to get to Pensacola FL for a couple of nights. Today we will stay mainly on the interstate as we need to cover approximately 500 miles and would like to get to our destination before the projected rain. Since most of the route from Apalachicola to Pensacola (US 98) is low lying or passes through fairly populated areas we have decided to stay on I-10 make time and enjoy the sights on Pensacola Beach instead. The rain predictions called for 1 – 6 inches of rain in a three-hour period so if that is reality 98 would be slow going. This in mind we turned on the weather alert and radar on the bike (a great optional feature starting on the 2014 Harley).
We started heading south on I-95 to Jacksonville and hit the I-295 cutoff north of town. On the southward portion of the ride we saw remnants of rain but no actual rain, the temperature was mid 70s and we even stopped for Starbucks, Interstate riding has its perks (no pun intended).
After taking I-295 to I-10 we pointed the bike to Pensacola. At this point we were anticipating taking the south cutoff at Tallahassee down to US 98 for the leisurely westward drive to Pensacola Beach but thanks to a heads up by Angela we started reconsidering that path. If there was any question remaining in our minds when we hit Tallahassee it was soon answered as we found a Harley Shop to take cover from the downpour, not sure what the rainfall rate was but I can tell you we drove through a few inches of water on the surface road to get to the shop, can you say I-10 all the way.
From Tallahassee we had about an hour of substantial rain but beyond that all was dry. We arrived at Pensacola Beach at approximately 3.30 and checked into our hotel for two nights. Hope you are all well – talk to you from the road on Friday.