“Chipley is a city in Washington County, Florida, United States. It is located between Tallahassee and Pensacola. Its population was 3,605 in the 2010 U.S. Census. Chipley is the county seat of Washington County. Originally called “Orange”, the city was renamed Chipley in 1882 for William Dudley Chipley, president of the Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad and Florida state senator from 1895 to 1897.” – Wikipedia.org
“During the cold snap of January 1985, a temperature of 2 degrees was recorded at one of the town’s golf courses, making it the second-coldest Florida temperature ever recorded and the lowest January reading for the state. Chipley is next to Bonifay, Florida”.
Peak Summer Heat Ride Experience Video
In this peak summer heat video, JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew is joined by long-time mate, Todd, for a 80+ mile / 128km adventure through the hinterlands beyond the town limits of Chipley, Florida. A very diverse area to ride one’s bicycle, the course features close to 3,000 feet of elevation change over rolling terrain, and roads well exposed to the burning sun. Expansive tree cover is not a highlight of this route, ’tis best ridden during the cooler months in Florida. The route will be posted soon, see the Gravel Cyclist Routes page linked below.
Other towns visited during this ride include Wausau, Vernon, Caryville, and Bonifay.
Vernon, Florida didn’t appear too interesting during our ride, but this morsel came to light courtesy of Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon,_Florida_(film)
“Vernon is a city in Washington County, Florida. The population was 687 at the 2010 census; according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 estimates, the city had a population of 690. Vernon is named for George Washington’s Virginia home, Mount Vernon. The pioneer town was the site of a major Indian settlement. Vernon held the county seat until 1927 when the seat was moved to Chipley. Vernon became known as “nub city” in the 1950s and 1960s for a high number of limb loss insurance claims made in the area.”
“Wausau is a town in Washington County, Florida, United States. The population was 383 at the 2010 census. Wausau is the “Possum Capital of the World” and celebrates annually with the Wausau Possum Festival, a celebration of the Virginia Opossum.”
“Caryville is a town in Washington County, Florida, located along the Choctawhatchee River. The population was 411 at the 2010 census. In July 1994, the Choctawhatchee River flooded and rose to a record level of 29 feet. The flooding submerged most of Caryville underwater. Due to the ‘buyout’ of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), many residents left. This departure left only about 200 residents in the town.”
“Bonifay is a city in Holmes County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 2,793. It is the county seat of Holmes County. Bonifay was founded in 1882 when the Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad was built across the Florida Panhandle and was named by P&A executive W. D. Chipley for Frank Bonifay, a member of a prominent family who had a brickmaking factory in Pensacola, where the P&A was headquartered. Frank Bonifay bought a stake in the P&A, which in 1891 was merged into the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, which after several more mergers became part of CSX Transportation in 1986.
Links of Interest:
- Chipley, Florida – https://www.cityofchipley.com
- Wausau, Florida – Possum Capital of the World! – https://wausauflorida.net
- Vernon, Florida (Film) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon,_Florida_(film)
- Washington County Chamber of Commerce (Caryville) – https://www.washcomall.com/caryville
- Bonifay, Florida – https://www.cityofbonifay.com/
- Washington County Historical Society – https://washingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.com
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisville_and_Nashville_Railroad
- Allied Cycle Works Echo Gravel Bike Review (JOM’s Bike)
- Pivot Vault Gravel Bike Review (Todd’s Bike)
- ENVE G23 / BERD Spokes Wheelset Review (JOM’s Wheels)
- Orange Seal Endurance Formula Review – JOM’s go-to Sealant
- Gravel Cyclist’s Route Library