Savannah to Jacksonville, FL: Week 8

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Day 51

Oct. 13: Our Week A Year cyclists finished their tour on the auspicious day of Friday the 13th. Their shorter ride from Beaufort, SC, into Savannah left them time to shower at Fitness on Broughton before catching a shuttle back to Wilmington.

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Day 52

Oct. 14: A day off for River Relay riders gave us more time to enjoy Savannah. We enjoyed a casual three-mile ride from Forsyth Park to Service Brewing via the city's historic district. Inside the brewery, Dennis (who's missing his early morning basketball workouts back home) cross-trained at the ping-pong table with support driver Alan Fitton.

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South Carolina/Georgia Coordinator Brent Buice and Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano send off two River Relay riders: Atiba Mbiwan, member of our Board of Trustees, and Nedra Deadwyler, who serves on our Advisory Board.

Day 53

Oct. 15: After walking, biking, paddling, and picnicking today in Savannah, we sent off two new River Relay riders — Atiba Mbiwan, a new member of our Board of Trustees, and Nedra Deadwyler — bound for Hinesville, GA.

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Day 54, ready to take on land and sea in Brunswick, Georgia. Thanks to Satilla Riverkeeper, Altamaha Riverkeeper, and the city of Brunswick for a fun evening ride and paddle.
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The East Coast River Relay team was greeted like celebrities on the dock at Fernandina Beach, Florida, after riding a ferry across Cumberland Sound from St. Marys, Georgia.

Day 55

Oct. 17: We enjoyed a bike ride in St. Marys, Georgia, before hopping on a water taxi for Amelia Island, Florida. A contingent of greenway advocates met us on the docks there and, led by Friends of Amelia Trail CEO Phil Scanlan, treated us to lunch and talks about trails and greenway expansion.

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Cutting the ribbon on the newest section of greenway in Jarboe Park, Neptune Beach, FL: Mayor Elaine Brown and Vice Mayor Scott Wiley along with Florida Greenway Coordinator Paul Haydt.

Day 56

Our cyclists, Jim and Mike, rode from Fernandina Beach to Neptune Beach. In the afternoon, we gathered in Jarboe Park to dedicate the newest section of East Coast Greenway with Neptune Beach Vice Mayor Scott Wiley, Mayor Elaine Brown, and Florida Greenway Coordinator Paul Haydt.

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At the middle school bike rodeo in Jacksonville, FL (from left): Dennis Markatos-Soriano, ECG executive director; a volunteer; organizer Teena Anderson of Eastside Environmental Council; Amy Crane, program director with the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; Paul Haydt, Florida Greenway coordinator; and Kyriaki Karalis, outreach coordinator, REI Jacksonville.

Day 57

Oct. 19: Our cyclists Mike Pakula and Jim Ingham enjoyed their cycling today, especially visiting the sights in St. Augustine: Castillo de San Marcos, the Bridge of Lions, and the lighthouse. In Jacksonville, we joined a bike rodeo to launch the Urban Bike Team program at Matthew Gilbert Middle School.

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