Franklinton to Poplarville 52 miles

10/18/18

We got back on schedule by starting the day at McDonalds.  I tried my luck with the Kiosk.  It was a big success.  I got something to eat but not exactly what I wanted.  I’ll probably go back to the counter in the future.

 Again the day start off on the cool side so once again I had on my rain jacket, not because to the chance of rain today.  Today we had sun all day and after the first rest stop the jacket was gone.  

 The route was once again rolling hills.  My riding buddy Ed was put on torque limitations.  His bottom bracket is getting worse so he was told he could not standup and peddle when going uphill.   This was just putting too much torque on his bottom bracket and it would stop him from riding.  I followed him for some time and reminded him to shift down to reduce the pressure.  I was hard on him since he likes to standup about every so often even when not climbing.

 Today we entered Mississippi. Not much changed in general but we were hit with a few areas where the roads were very rough and pot holed.

 

 We will only be in Mississippi for two days.

 Tonight were are staying in a metal building on the Pearl River County Fairgrounds.  It will keep us warmer and dry.   They also have 3 great showers.

 We were surprised by a lady alumni that  rode the Southern Tier last year.  She took us to a local Café and feed all of us.  What a great treat.  It was fun to hear some of her stories.

Jackson to Franklinton 80 miles

10/17/18

 We stopped at Subway for breakfast.  We were a little early since they did not open until 7:00 a.m.  I’m glad we don’t have to depend on Subway for breakfast very often.  It carried us to our first rest stop some 27 miles down the road.  

 The day started out cool so I put on my rain jacket as the others also had light jackets.  The roads were narrow and had rolling hills.  Traffic was not as heavy as yesterday but with the road being narrow we had to be careful.

 Our second rest stop was another 19 miles down the road.  We stopped in Easleyville which consisted of a gas station, grocery store and café all rolled into one.  This turned out to be a blessing since as we set down to eat the skies opened up and dumped heavy rain.  Some of the riders weren’t as lucky as we were and they got soaked.  

 

The rain continued for over an hour so we just sat there and waited.  Once it stopped we hit the road again with our jackets mainly to keep us dry from the truck spray.

 

Rest stop 3 was on the side of the road  in the middle of nowhere but a church parking lot.  We didn’t stay long because we had 17 miles to go.

 Once we reached Franklinton we setup in the Methodist church.  After a cool day of riding, the warm inside shower was a welcome relief.  The city restaurants were all shutdown for the Pearl River County Fair.  The only place to eat were fast food stores.  We ended up going to Taco Bell but it worked.

After a long ride like today we retired a little earlier than normal.

Baton Rouge to Jaskson 38 Miles

10/16/18

Today we had a late start, for a couple of reasons. One it was a short day, only 38 miles and second it was raining and it didn’t really start letting up until 8:00 a.m.

At 8:00 a.m. we went back for the second day in a row to Christie’s for breakfast.  They were happy to see us.  Imagine that.  We ate slow and Ed drank 3 cups of coffee while we waited out the rain.

The ride itself was uneventful partially because we were back tracking on the same road we used to get into Baton Rouge (Highway 61).  Once we turned off 61 we got on a smaller country road that had some rolling hills.

When we reached Jackson we immediately stopped for lunch because the church we were going to stay at wasn’t cleared by our staff leaders.

We had a great Mexican Food lunch before heading to the Methodist Church.  We got there just in time for us to visit the “The Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders” museum which was setup for us by the Church.  The church also had showers which were much appreciated since it was rather cool today and the garden hose would have been very hard to take.

I have never seen such an elaborate setup of model trains.  The members of the organization were extremely knowledgeable and were excited to demonstrate how the trains worked.  This was right across the road from the Methodist Church.   I was the last one to leave.  They are open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday’s of each month from 11:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.

The members of the church also provided us with a great dinner.  They went way out of their way to provide for us.

Baton Rouge Rest Day

10/15/18

Rest Day.  We started the day around 8:30 a.m. with a great breakfast at a family owned restaurant.   I really like these because you get a feel for the area.  5 of us went there so we could helped their bottom line.

Then it was off to the bike shop, that was to open at 10 a.m. according to their website, but when we arrived at 9:45 a.m. we saw a sign on the door that said they didn’t open until noon.  Then the question was do we ride another 4 ½ miles, one way, to another bike shop or wait.  We chose the ride.

The ride took us down Government road which was not a good road and had heavy traffic.  At one stop light we had a car make a right hand turn right in front of our first biker barely missing him.  Then further down the road there was construction so the heavy traffic narrowed from 2 lanes to 1 lane.  This made for some difficult riding, fortunately we only had to stay on it for a 1/2mile before turning.

From then on it was clear sailing to the second bike shop.  When we reached the store they welcomed us and had us bring in our bikes and offered us water.  Great start.

One rider had to have his lower bracket repaired.  The mechanic put his bike on the rack immediately and went to work.    When the bike shops heard what we are doing, they did everything they could to get our bikes back in working order quickly and in many cases at a discount.

I of course had my own mission, find a new helmet.  They had a good selection but only one my size and it was the one on the display, which was not a problem.  Of course as with all bikers you can’t go into a bike shop and only buy one thing so I picked up a new front light since the ones I had would quit in mid afternoon each day.  Now I can have light all day.  When I went to check out they gave me a 15% discount also.  I was impressed.

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After shopping, we returned to the church to store our purchases before venturing out to explore the down town and river front areas.

The  Mississippi river area was interesting.  They have the USS Kidd which is a Fletcher class destroyer and is permanently docked.  They also have a museum on shore for the USS Kidd also.

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While riding on the dike, we stopped and talked to a couple that were lived in Baton Rouge to find a good place to eat.  Without hesitation they pointed us to Florida street which is where Po’boy Lloyd’s is located.  They suggested the sea food Po’boy and the bread pudding.  As soon as the words came out of our mouths they said they were all sold out of bread pudding.  From what we understood if you want bread pudding you need to be there early.  I had a fried oyster and crawfish po’boy and a cup of gumbo, of which both were very good.

Then back to the church for a little rest and relaxation.