|An old haunted house on a old haunted road|
When Susan and I visited the caves in the panhandle of Florida not that long ago we drove down a side road to see what was in a small town with a funny sounding name...sadly I don't remember it now...but it was one of those "end of the road towns" where their is only one way in and out. I remembered thinking at the time, that could be a fun experience to drive this road on Kimmie.
"What" you may ask, "is Robert on about now?"
I started researching end of the road towns and ghost towns....and I found one. I found one within riding distance. I found one that checked all the boxes for me. Their was a navel raid on the city of Bayport which resulted in a Confederate victory. The town would later play a part in the Brooksville raid as well, when it served as a loading area for retreating Union troops. Despite being the better known of the two, the raid of Brooksville was nothing more than a skirmish, there was never a full pitched battle like their was in Bayport.
|An old naval map showing ship locations|
I never really thought about it before I started researching this ride. The South was desperate for goods and parts, the blockade runners could make a small fortune if their ships got through the blockade, and many did. A smaller port like Bayport served their needs well.
Today all that remains is a old park with a historic sign.
Yes, I think a ride is due soon. You have to honor the past...even if you just learned about it.
While riding just to ride is a wonderful way to spend the day...I'm happiest when I have a destination in mind, someplace to go, to see...that is what makes riding so fun for me. Now if only this rainy weather would break so I can actually go!