Coast 2 Coast Day 41: Rolling Through Rural Mississippi

Today we are treated to a stunning ride.  The route, scenery, and road surface, combined with the fact that there are almost NO cars make for a perfect day on the bike.
Start city: Poplarville, MS
End city: Ocean Springs, MS
Miles: 71
Total miles to date: 2301
Days in Mississippi: 1.5
Miles in Mississippi: 96
Pedaling time: 4 hours, 33 minutes
Avg. speed: 15.7 mph
Feet climbed: 2450
Fatigue factor: 7 out of 10
Wind: E 5-10 mph, headwind most of day
Road condition: 4 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 65 at ride start, 80 at ride finish
Mississippi mud pie: chocolate pie on a graham cracker crust

We leave the live oaks of Louisiana behind for the loblolly pines of Mississippi.

We feel like we are on hidden roads winding behind civilization, here we are riding around “Roger’s Lake”.

Part of our route takes us through the DeSoto National Forest.

The terrain is hilly enough to keep things interesting and we enjoy short climbs and a few opportunities to coast.

Kind and generous ladies at The Ramsey Creek Baptist Church serve us lunch and then we are on our way for the last 20 miles.

Photo by Mary Lake

We are staying in another relatively new National Armory in a suburb of Biloxi, MS.

This one also replaces one lost during Katrina in 2005.

Before we go, a look at tonight’s menu board:

Yep…we eat like this every night.

Tomorrow:  Alabama, here we come!

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5 thoughts on “Coast 2 Coast Day 41: Rolling Through Rural Mississippi

  1. Halfstep, Mississippi uptown toodeloo Hello, baby, I’m gone, goodbye
    Half a cup of Rock and Rye. Farewell to you old Southern skies
    I’m on my way, on my way
    – Grateful Dead

    Keep on truckin.

  2. I just love reading your posts and seeing the beautiful countryside. What an adventure! Fabulous pictures. So glad we met you that fateful day on the Shady Canyon hill.

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