The 6-week journey will be across the “southern transcontinental route”, covering southern sections of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northern Florida. Arrival at the finish line in St. Augustine, FL is projected for April 10, 2010.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

M-I-double s-I-double s-I-pp-I

Hi everybody,
Another beautiful day---sunny, cool to start out with and then warming up nicely.  this was a 94 mile day.  This time the guys got lost and rode around a lake instead of on the north side of it.  Paula and I were parked along the road in a stand of tall pines with a soft breeze blowing and the sun coming in through the branches of the trees.  I was knitting (almost have the baby blanket finished) and Paula was reading.  We looked up and the guys were coming toward us!!  A first for this trip!  The riding is mostly flat and gentle rolling hills now.  We are on small, back roads and there is rarely any shoulder.  Paula drove slowly today so that we would not miss the little signs on the corners.  Here are some names of roads from today: Four Mile, Frank Snell, Sam Smith, White Sand, Archie Wheat, Foots Stevens, Firetower, Sunflower.

Tonight we are in Vancleave, MS at a nice RV park on a little lake.  We drove into another one but rejected it as it was so crowded, there were lots of kids playing in the street, and we had heard that it had substandard shower/bathroom facilities and noisy clientele (permanent residents).  However it was the only one on our map.  On the way to that one we drove by this one.  We are certainly going to write to Adventure Cycling and recommend it.  The manager just took it over this year and is making lots of upgrades as she is able.

The guys are very saddle-sore tonight.  They are really pushing themselves here near the end.  We may take two rest days this week--Friday and Sunday.  If we keep this pace, we will be in St. Augustine on Thursday, April 8.

No alligators or snakes yet!!!!!!

Love and blessings,

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