Day 16 - ...and another one bites the dust.

Trip Start Mar 23, 2011
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Trip End Apr 15, 2011


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Flag of United States  , Mississippi
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Louisiana. Now that's my kind of state. In one day, out the next. Made it to Mississippi at the end of the day, barely. Sitting just across the border, but that's OK, it still counts. 122 miles today, gently rolling, but a little windy. Good roads most of the day.

Turns out Louisiana smells like Christmas. Lot's of logging going on there. Every time a truck passes you get a nice whiff of pine fresh air. Thankfully, that's all I got. These trucks are big and heavily loaded. Based on all the shrapnel on the shoulder, they regularly must send pine missiles flying through the air. Is long as they aren't aimed at me, I guess that's all right. Maybe I'm still spooked by the flying wheel incident. Getting too close now, I keep imagining all the odd ways in which the trip could end suddenly, "Flying log ends biking blog".

Got a sign today that my fitness must be increasing. Going through a small town. Up out of the saddle to make it up a hill. 40ish year old woman ahead on the sidewalk catches my eye. Probably because she is wearing a full length blue dress and a black shawl. It's early afternoon and maybe 80 degrees. Seemed odd. Anyways, as I get close she yells, "Oh yeah! Look at choo!" I assume I was "choo". I figure I must be looking fit if people are cheering from the sidewalk.

I think tonight was the first time I ate at a "local flavor" type restaurant. Had been eating at the same places you can eat at home. Johann wasn't feeling it, so I took a walk and ended up at "Fat Mama's Tamales". Choose that place because I walked by and noticed a table full of cyclists eating, so I assumed they served approved food, and went in. Ordered a roast beef and cheese "Poboy". Have to say it was excellent, but then again pretty much anything and everything tastes good by the end of the day.

Got all of Mississippi, then Alabama, then Georgia, then maybe I'll bike to the Keys for my cool down. No, I'm not serious. God willing, next week at this time, it's over. Still lots of work to do before then. Day 16 today and yet to feel a single drop of rain. How long can that go on?
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