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New Blog – maybe

Five years is a long time. This blog was a short but brief bit of fun, and for perhaps too long, a reminder of what was. Much has changed and so it’s time to move on. Will there be a new blog? That’s hard to say. Perhaps, if life’s road leads somewhere interesting, and if it seems to make sense to share. Otherwise, thanks to all of you who participated, made comments and gave reason for the words.

Is it true, that when one door closes – another opens?

 

Dry but Rolling!

Crossing a bridge just before finding a dirt road to spend the night.

Bianca was right …. Texas is NOT flat, at least here where we are here in the East I didn’t believe her, but then I am still reeling from the disappointment of crossing the border with no one standing there waiting to hand me my complimentary gun, cowboy hat and large belt buckle. That was just a joke? Now I feel slightly under dressed with my spandex and no cowboy boots. Yeah, not quite fitting in!
We both agree though that we like these kind of rolling hills better than the flats of Louisiana. It feels good to push ourselves.

The air is noticeably drier as well. That is a welcome change from the constant dampness that we have been cycling in this whole trip. My pants here show just how much fun we are having and the whole unexpected glamour of it all. That is the dried salt from today’s light mileage ride. Yes we have fun like this every day. 🙂

Spooky or neat? Can’t decide, but it is very interesting architecture.

Location:Texas 90,Anderson,United States

Y’can’t alway get what ya want

As the song says – You can’t always get what you want. But sometimes, never mind whatcha need – You simply luck into far, far more!! 🙂

We rode a nice 74 miles, flat first and then with increasing hilliness. The temperature was a cool 93 today and as the day ended I had the thought “this is what its all about!”


And THEN…. We got the unexpected teepee!


$15 dollars, special rate for cyclists…… Who care about “whatcha need”. 🙂

One day’s ride to the Texas border. We’ve earned a days rest. Make that two!

Location:Wren Rd,DeRidder,United States

Signs of Louisiana

Always wondered why they mention this place so much!

Louisiana has many churches – all with extra character

Flat, flat, flat – yeay!

Is that a hill up ahead!?

Nope – more flat, flat and flat

One can disappear in some of the cracks

Time of the signs

Our favorite hobby, in fact the whole motivator …. FOOD!

Location:7th St,Oberlin,United States

Last few days

We are off of the trace now and already miss its mile markers, low traffic and especially the smooth roads we had the price large of getting spoiled by! Louisiana has a different look from Mississippi which is strikingly apparent as soon as one crosses the state line. It is my kind of place, for sure! The roads look 50 times patched over and the houses too, but there is a charm to the state. Here are a few pictures from the last few days while we were too far from electricity and/or connectivity. If it were not for this blog, I’d be very happy to turn these devices off and really get away from reality. That is the best part of all of this – the world is far, far away. Nice!

We had to get up to the trace the hard way after our gps lied to us, yet again. The length we go to for a cold drink!


The corn fields show how summer is changing.


Last stop in MS – the welcome center. Shouldn’t it be the goodbye center? Never mind, they had cold water and gave us some ICE!


Over the bridge and seven donuts more.


Campsite number, we forget.


The next morn

And more pedaling, again, this morning.

Location:Charmain Blvd,Simmesport,United States

Not so great day

We crossed into Louisiana this morning, and we were ecstatic! We only have a bit left to go! We were passing through several towns, and I guess we got cocky because the next thing we know- we’re in the middle of nowhere! We went 45 miles without any refreshments–or shade– and we were starting to get cranky. Then as we were about to cross the bridge that would take us to the campsite, Dad got a flat in his front tire. We fixed it up, crossed the bridge, only to find more bridge. We crossed that bridge too, and no campsite in view. We did find a cooler of Gatorade left from the hydroelectric dam workers and finally got our refreshments! Tomorrow we will get our refreshments.
At least I hope so! 🙂

Location:ST FRANCISVLE,United States

63 miles

Yesterday was a great ride. The days started out overcast and cooler than it had ever been thus far, perhaps a temperature of 90 degrees. The sun came out mid day but the heat didn’t follow and we did great miles through the rolling hills. The mountains finally seem to be behind us. Good! We thought they would never end. Rain came for an hour at mid day and felt great to cycle through. 63 miles later and only twelve from the trace we found a misty field near a river to camp in, just as darkness set in. Perfect.


Our stealth camp for the night – Tennessee is a beautiful state!

Location:Defeated Creek Rd,Centerville,United States

Hotel California

Hotel life. After cycling day after day in 100+ heat, which is like sticking ones face into an oven and doing push ups, the little things in life, such as ice, air conditioning and a BED, are certainly a pleasure. We suffer to better enjoy, it would seem!
Almost couldn’t leave.

Is it he angle, or have Bianca’s legs grown, – or both? Watching a bit of the Olympics.

Can’t have relaxation forever so early in the morning – back in the saddle! We are close to the Natches Trace, which reputedly is bicycling heaven, all 450+ miles of it. We should be on the trace late tomorrow.

Location:Waverly Plaza,Waverly,United States

Tennessee

( We tried to meek this post two days ago from the tent during an intense thunderstorm but couldn’t make it work – since then we spent a day and a half at a charming old fashioned motel in the Tennessee mountains and feel much refreshed)

We made it a few hundred feet into Tennessee on that strip of land known as ” the land between the lakes” and managed to pitch the tent before the black clouds made it look like the end of the world. The rain was intense but short and the drop in temperature is surely welcome to us as the rain is to the local farmers.

Here are a few shots from the day. We met some great people today and the ride, though still more hilly was so pretty that our spirits were high the whole day. 🙂

Location:Mary Dr,Murray,United States

Illinois

Crossing the bridge that takes us there!


We made it!


Got lost and found a pea gravel road! It was really nice other than my skinny tires going all over the place.


Why so serious?


For some reason, this photo reminds me of one of the Seven Dwarves from Snow White..
My name shall be Winky!