89 Miles - Tullos, Jena, Archie, Jonesville, Vidalia, the Mississippi River, Natchez - March 18, 2017
After two easy days of 48 and 51 miles respectively, I sensed
the potential for a banner day. It wasn't something to aim for, but I knew if everything went well, it was possible
I could ride all the way to Natchez, Mississippi. That morning, I woke up earlier. I ate healthier. It was like I was preparing for a longer day.
My first photo taken was about 16 miles east of Winnfield as I approached Tullos.
My first video? I was in a good mood and, well, you'll have to hit the play button. :)
In town, I saw a guy biking towards me. It was obvious he was a long-distance cyclist like me. His name was Matt, and he started in Tallahassee and was headed to
Leaving Tullos, it was 16 miles to Jena and 69 to Natchez. At that point, I turned off any thinking about Natchez and said,
"one town at a time." Just get to Jena.
I did reach Jena without too much trouble. I took a short break, then continued into the countryside.
In Archie, I stopped at the one gasmart. Inside, there was a large map of Louisiana. Also, they sell jumbo shrimp for $5.95 a pound! :)
I support "no sagging pants" and indecency laws. Lift up your pants or get fined!
The cycling got tougher while heading to Jonesville. The shoulder got rougher and the heat increased. Still, I made it and felt good. I took
another rest in a gasmart. This one was named Y Not Stop.
I even made a Facebook live video ...
From Jonesville to Ferriday, it was another 16 miles. Then from Ferriday, it was just ten miles to Vidalia. And from there, it's just a mile over the Mississippi River to Natchez.
I took my time. I rested when I needed. And I kept my cycling pace. Overall, it was a great riding day.
On the east side of Vidalia, I stopped to photograph the Mississippi River sign. I was so proud of myself.
Three photos and a video on the bridge.
Five states down, four more to go. :)
89 miles made it my longest ride up to this point. I crashed in an inexpensive motel
on the south side of Natchez and called it a night.
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