Friday, April 28, 2023

Day 5 of Flying Solo : Chapter 3

​Seems like day 3 and 4 disappeared. After my back-to-back long days, I woke up with sore knees screaming for a break. The Pastor asked me to stay so that the church members could meet me Wednesday night. I was so glad that I did. I immediately felt like family. 

Thursday morning the storms came thru and set in for the day. Br Richard hauled Ruby and I to my host for the evening in Gulf Breeze. It was so good to see Georgie and Denny Payne. It’s been a long time since they moved from Murfreesboro to work at their son's church.

This morning, I left early to head towards Panama City. With a good tail wind behind me and my head zeroed in on my ride, Ruby and I made amazing time. Probably one of my best days. 

I rode the coast most of way. I love the beach, especially this side, so I decided to get a motel and spend some time watching the waves. Something about the sound of the ocean calms my heart, which I needed today. I also went out to eat at a restaurant alone today but won’t be doing that again anytime soon. I guess that is one of the “first” that I’m not quite ready for. Hopefully, my grandkids won’t mind going with me still. 

I am beginning to see light at the end of the journey now. If I can keep up my pace, its looking like I could be dipping Ruby’s tire in the East Coast waters by the end of next week. 

But until then, we will keep chipping it off, one day at a time. 

Richard and Ruby

No riding in this!

Denny and Georgie Payne with Cornel and Major Payne

Norriego Point and Destin Harbour

Ruby and I choose this house 😉


Panama City Beach

Welcome to Destin

Welcome to Panama City Beach

Christian Retreat Cottages - my home for the night

I can't believe I ate the whole thing!

Words alone can't describe this!


  1. So beautiful! I’m glad you decided to stop a while and enjoy it. That’s awesome! You’re so close!! –Hannah

  2. Go Vicki Go! But don’t forget to enjoy the journey! See you soon! ♥️

  3. Awwww, looks like you a wonderful day! glad you got to see the Payne’s ❤️ that looks like a yummy dinner and beautiful sunset! You’ll have to text me where you got that yummy food! You are moving on sweet sister…see you in a few days!

  4. I posted that last comment

    1. Coconuts down the street from where i stayed

  5. I continue to be amazed at your stamina and strength! What a journey! Wish we Could be there with you. See you soon