We have been enjoying a charmed tour, managing to stay several days ahead of any undesirable weather. During the past 24 hours we watch the radar and see that the area we left yesterday had major rain. Everything stays clear for us, but we do have to deal with some early morning fog.
At 8:30 AM, it’s still somewhat foggy, but we have very bright lights on our front and rear and we finally get out on the road.
Our time in Louisiana is drawing to a close. We won’t miss the crappy roads (our friends Linda and Eric call it “Lousy-Anna”), but the food is great and the drivers are much nicer than in Texas. We cross a very flooded Pearl River, which is the state boundary.
The start and end of this route are hilly. We’re happy it’s a short ride.
Start City: Franklinton, LA
End city: Poplarville, MS
Total miles to date: 2230
Days in Louisiana: 4
Miles in Louisiana: 289
Pedaling time: 3 hours, 1 minute
Avg. speed: 14.9 mph
Feet climbed: 1650
Fatigue factor: 6 out of 10
Wind: SE 5-10 mph, crosswind for most of day
Road condition: 2 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 65 at ride start, 80 at ride finish
Huey Long: Assassinated in 1935, re-elected four years later
We are staying at a National Guard Armory this evening, indoor camping at its finest… a beautiful new, clean building.
This building replaced one that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Once again we thank the American taxpayers!
Tomorrow: we come within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico.
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