Had a great 63 mile ride. I must be getting used to the heat and humidity. Even though it was already warm – 80- at 8:00 It was comfortable to be riding. Even though there were many fields, the ride was not boring – fields were broken by trees or homes. We also rode on some beautiful back roads. Reached as high as 105 on my odometer – that is a lot of heat radiating from the asphalt – feet got hot again. It seemed like the humidity was lower. Water stops were frequent. The van seemed to be waiting with ice water when I was just about empty. Drank 6 bottles. Leg muscles were much better today, due to a great night’s sleep.
Rode the entire ride with Cynthia, friend I had meet on 2014 ride. Leaving motel in Clarksdale we missed our first turn, but with only a .4 mile difference we were back on route. Because of this we did not see any of the other riders all day. Taking pictures does slow me down, but again this is not a race and I am enjoying ever mile.
Was introduced to Kudzu, an ivy plant that grows a foot a day. Very difficult to contain. Can smother any vegetation that it covers. There were rolling hills the last twenty miles leading into Sneatobia, MS and 6 miles of chipseal road. As I was riding up I noticed a home with flowers bordering her drive way and walks and I thought how beautiful it looked. When I was in front of home I discovered that the flowers were artificial. No time to take a picture.
Passed a road sign that said “If you Litter SHAME ON Y’ALL! After that the parkway was covered in litter. It was almost as if the sign made people litter.
Forgot to mention Clarksdale is the home to blues music. As we left town in front of the civic center there was a silhouette of Elvis with the caption underneath “The King was here”. No photo too busy concentrating on turns.
Time to say good night. 65 miles tomorrow followed by a much needed rest day. Total miles since I arrived in New Orleans is 549. Love the comments -sorry I cannot answer them. Miss you