Start: Fort Pickens
Time: 2 days (December 10-11, 2011)
Distance: 60 miles (97 km)
Daily Average: 30 miles (48.5 km)
- Fort Pickens Historical Site: Built between 1829 and 1834, this scenically set garrison was one of only four forts which remained under the Union army’s control during the entire Civil War (1861-65).
- Fort Pickens and Santa Rosa Beach Walks: Gorgeous golden sands, no houses or hotels and fantastic swimming.
- Sunset over Pensacola bay at the end of Day 1.
- Road walking into and out of Navarre. Sign of things to come.
- High-rise hotels at Pensacola Beach.
Notes & Musings:
- Harold Holt: This first section of the FT finished in the tiny town of Harold. The following town, situated only a few more miles up US 90, was called Holt. Put together, Harold/Holt, also happened to be the name of an Australian Prime Minister back in the 1960’s, who died under mysterious circumstances whilst going for a swim at Cheviot Beach, Victoria. He literally disappeared and was never heard of again. To this day it continues to be one of the great mysteries in Australian history.