70 in the morning but by afternoon it was 95. Another hot and humid day. It would be a long day – 91 miles with 4000 feet of climbing. It took me 7 hours. I was very tired when I reached the motel a little after 4. Had to clean my bike, shower and then go to the map meeting followed by dinner. By the time I got back to motel it was 7:30 and I had not done my stretching exercises or the blog. I did some stretching exercises and worked on the blog, but was unable to finish it – too tired and we had 100 miles to do the next day.
First 15 miles were rolling hills with a couple of very rough roads. When we turned onto the Natchez Trail I was immediately impressed by the smooth surface. We rode 45 miles on the Natchez Trail and every mile was smooth as glass. It was a biker’s dream to ride on this. Also there were no stop signs, or gas stations, or restaurants. So peaceful and beautiful. Photos do not do justice to the amazing natural beauty that surrounded us while we rode. At mile 61 we left this trail and returned to busy highways. During the last 6 miles we did some serious climbing, in fast the last rode we climbed up on reminded me of Nob Hill in California. The grade (steepness) of this road, Grove, was 12%. I used my lowest gears and made it to the top (1.5 mile climb), My heart was racing. The motel was a very welcomed sight. It was a beautiful scenery day.