Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Franklinton LA to Poplarville MS April 18 2012
Last night we were staying in the gym of a large Baptist church. It was dormitory style where everybody is sleeping on their air mattress in the gym. I am not very fond of these arrangements as there are always so many people getting up and moving around I never seem to get any sleep. On top of which I was situated right between two of the early risers. So I took a couple of Tylenol and hoped for the best. I got right to sleep which was luck as the alarm went off for one of the early risers at 5:45Am. Breakfast was being served at 8:00 AM. On top of which she wore her riding gear to bed so she would be ready faster. Go figure!
Today the ride was only 45 miles so with a couple of exceptions nobody was worried about getting out early. The rain storm yesterday cleared the air and it was a beautiful morning. Ken and I rolled out of camp towards the back of the riders and just cruised. I was surprised at how relaxed everyone seemed. Ken and I found a donut shop at about 18 miles so we stopped for a coffee and a donut. After coffee we joined Liam and rode with him the rest of the day.
We all stopped to take pictures of ourselves beside the “Welcome to Mississippi” sign. This is our sixth state on this journey, and Google maps gives us just 557 miles to St Augustine.
Most of the ride was down deserted country roads with almost no traffic and very nice pavement. Even though we had started very late we were in Poplarville where were staying by just after 12:00 noon. So we stopped in for lunch. I was getting hungry and the hamburger steak luncheon special really hit the spot. Poplarville proclaims itself to be "Blueberry capital of Mississippi"
Tonight we are staying at the Hacienda Ranch which is an RV park but it is really a nice one as there is a huge grassy spot for the tents. We are not right on the highway and it is nice and clean. What a great day for a fun ride.