Day 5 May 12, 2018 Vicksburg, MS to Greenville, MS

Began riding at 7:00 in a temperature of 68 degrees.  By afternoon it was 92 again.  Was hot, sweaty, and dusty when got to the hotel. Today would be another long day, 100 miles but with little climbing and long stretches of straight flat roads.  It would be a white jersey day.

We began our ride by returning on the same roads we came in on – that meant riding down the 12%  hill and then climbing up (7%) and then finally riding down to the Mississippi.  It was a challenging way to start the day with little warm up for the legs.  Reward was that we got to ride along the Mississippi River for about five miles.

If there was a theme for the day it would be poor bumpy roads.  We rode on chip seal, pot hole roads, and gravel roads.  Every once in a while we got lucky and had a relatively smooth road, but nothing like yesterday.  The scenery – rivers, creeks, overflow from rivers, grassy plains followed by fields of corn and other crops just beginning to grow – helped the miles go by quicker.  We also were lucky to have a slight tailwind.

We rode on chip seal for twenty-two miles – bumpity bump bump bump.  I was riding by myself and so I began counting to 248, the number of names on my jersey, to remind myself that these bumps were insignificant to the bumps people fighting cancer have each day.  Each full pedal stroke was a number (name).  I repeated this counting process for the entire 22 miles.  I will never quite the biking challenges that I have  because I do not want anyone fighting cancer to quit.  I know it can be difficult, but I have hope that a cure will be found soon.

After the second SAG stop I rode the last 35 miles with Paul, Ernie and Bill.  It was nice to have their company as we zig zagged our way to the motel.  Was tired and hot after riding in the sun for 7 hours.  They brought in pizza for dinner.  It hit the spot.  Another long day tomorrow- 80 miles so I had better say good night.  Thanks for all your comments.  They mean so much.

To all the mom’s:   Have a wonderful and Happy Mother’s Day.


Ride down Grove St. to river


Vicksburg Cemetery


Yahoo River


Overflow from Yazoo River


More overflow from Yazoo River




This creek can be used to irrigate field in background


Deer Creek


Field of corn



Onward Store


Can you guess the toy – teddy bear!


Bluff to left prevent fields on right of road from being flooded.


We share the road with farming equipment.


Grove of trees that offered so much shade but was off limits. Will find out name of trees.


Detour, but we were able to bike through it.


The remains of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Greenville Cemetery.  Church was destroyed by a cyclone after the civil War.


Lake Washington


Front view of corn duster.


Dusting the corn


My white jersey with 248 names on it – back and both sleeves.


The end of the ride. Angels on my jersey gave me the strength to finish strong.


6 thoughts on “Day 5 May 12, 2018 Vicksburg, MS to Greenville, MS

  1. Not sure what trees u were looking at – Live Oak, Sassafras?? Oh for the tree books! Keep pedaling – hope not too much more chip seal. Keep ur eye open for a steamboat ( even if it is a modern one ❤️❤️)


  2. There sure are a lot of flooded areas in Mississippi! Love the picture of the church remains. I didn’t realize there were so many rivers in Mississippi and they seemed to be of consequence. It looks very lush. You look very happy, so keep on smiling toward another day. One week down, time really flew.


  3. Pat – Love your photos and the comments…you are definitely seeing the country close range! What is especially moving is your shirt
    naming your inspirations and I know those named are carrying you along.


  4. Hi Pat,
    First I want to wish you a happy Mother’s Day. You are truly the best mom and grandmother and you have so much love surrounding you at this time.
    Your trip continues to be challenging and you just keep moving forward in your incredible strength. It’s been wonderful watching as you travel along. Stay safe, keep loose (stretch- haha) and get rest. Love you so and inspired by you daily!


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