First some Gershwin by Gershwin. Stick with it - it gets there after 30 seconds!
And then something with a more 'folky' feeling
Now that's what I call banjo playing though I'm not sure that the bass player in the background is in quite the same class!
However, the first part of yesterday's route takes us back to the title of this posting and the musical clues. Shortly after leaving Mayo, Mark crossed the Suwannee river. Despite the difference in spelling, this is the 'Swannee River' of Gershwin's song and Stephen Foster's 'Old Folks at Home' - the official state song of Florida.
At some point in the mists of time, I knew quite a lot about the geography of the USA. I have forgotten a lot of it but one thing that has always remained with me is the Okefenokee swamp. (I guess like the volcano Popocatepetl it just sounds nice and so the name sticks!). The Okefenokee is a swamp area in the south east of Georgia and it is the source of the Suwannee river which Mark crossed just west of Banford...
South of Branford, Mark followed the river for some distance before turning east towards Bronson. What is interesting when you look at the image left and the one below is how the agricultural land avoids the valleys and is concentrated on the drier interfluve areas, unlike all the 'green ribbons' in deserts where farming competes for a position beside the river, which we saw earlier in Mark's journey across the States .
The green ribbons in Florida follow the rivers and are the swampy, forested areas which are unsuitable for cultivation.
Zooming in closer gives an even better view..
Despite an original plan to overnight in Ocala, Mark continued on east and camped in the Ocala National Forest - a vast area of forest, scrubland and over 600 lakes and ponds .The forest is riddled with slow-moving rivers and wet prairies as described in yesterday's posting. They are sunny, shallow expanses of water, usually ringed by cypress trees and filled water lilies and other aquatic plants. The largest is lake George, of which, more tomorrow.