Coast 2 Coast Day 42:  Onward to Alabama

A very windy day made it a tough slog out of Mississippi. The terrain was not hard, but the headwind and mileage on tired legs made things difficult.
Start city: Ocean Springs, MS
End city: Dauphin Island, AL
Miles: 84
Total miles to date: 2385
Days in Mississippi: 2
Miles in Mississippi: 134
Pedaling time: 5 hours, 38 minutes
Avg. speed: 14.8 mph
Feet climbed: 1850
Fatigue factor: 9 out of 10
Wind: SE 5-20 mph, headwind most of day
Road condition: 4 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 60 at ride start, 80 at ride finish

Mississippi, we thank you for the southern hospitality!  

It was a short visit, but the rides were gorgeous and the roads unexpectedly smooth.

The surprise of the morning was the herd of longhorns posing for pictures.  More than we saw in 19 days crossing Texas!

Perhaps the Texas Longhorns were hiding out on the back 40 and weren’t visible while we were passing through!

Our first rest stop of the day included the best cinnamon buns of the tour.

How could we pass these up?

We are now in our 7th state.

Although this sign has bullet holes in it, the welcome is still appreciated.

Our lunch could have come from one of these boats. It was that fresh.

The day concluded with a brisk headwind while climbing this bridge into Dauphin Island.

Mobile Bay was not happy with the wind and neither were we.

Did we make it? The stoker recovered from a slight “bridge meltdown” and took this picture on the other side.

Our reward? We are off the bike tomorrow, but stay tuned to this blog as we meet the staff that makes us pampered pedalers.

See where we are right now:

14 thoughts on “Coast 2 Coast Day 42:  Onward to Alabama

  1. Wow! Those are some whitecaps! It’s windy here today too. Glad you had good fuel (cinnamon roll) for the ride. You guys are amazing!

  2. We were just there! Oddly, we had the worst headwind I have ever ridden in while crossing that very bridge, in the opposite direction (on our way from Dauphin Island to Mobile). Enjoy lovely Dauphin Island! There are excellent cinnamon rolls (and cream cheese peach danish) to be had at The Lighthouse Bakery there.

  3. If I’m not mistaken, this was the toughest Fatigue Factor day on your trip. Congrats on getting through it. Let’s hope they have ice cream on Dauphin Island (which looks very cool on Google Maps

  4. Boats, bird sanctuary, beaches, and beauty all around you!
    Great ending to a bridge climb and windy day. Rest well.

    Stoker D

  5. We crossed the Astoria Bridge in WA. this past summer. One stoker refused to cross, called the tour’s support van and was shuttled across. Two other stokers got off their bikes, walked up to a car waiting to cross and hitched a ride across. Their captains cycled across the bridge solo. 😁

  6. In spite of the whitecaps in Mobile Bay… very nice. Beautiful pictures.

    I am just trying to imagine what “Stoker Eve Meltdown” looks like. You are always so calm and collected. I want details. Did anyone get a video?

  7. Love you Eve! Star of the show. That’s why we have our men….they muscle through risking their lives in multiple ways. (Double entendres intended). 🤔😶

  8. Thanks for your heartfelt honesty. I am always glad to know that I am not alone when it comes to melt downs. I agree with one of your other friends that I can’t imagine an Eve meltdown. You have always been so calm and collected when I have seen you. Your pictures are so cool and I continue to enjoy seeing places that I have never been through your eyes. Great job to Roger as well.

    1. The meltdown happened AFTER the crossing when we were safely on the island. So much wind, low guard rails, traffic just flying by, some pulling boats and RVS – going so fast, large shoulder filled with debris and glass. After we were safely across I said “stop the bike, I have to get off” and just lost it. Got composed and we finished the ride. Roger did an amazing job navigating through it.

  9. A great team balances each other so well. I know that you support Roger, too, when his own version of a meltdown occurs. I know in my experience they aren’t as visible or frequent with Kevin. 😊

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