It was an extra short 29 miler, today, due to our riding ahead yesterday. I rode by myself and took my time during the 2.5 hour ride. If you’re a road biker and you’re laughing at my speed, try riding a loaded bike that weighs closer to 70 lbs for 50 miles or so, sometime, instead of your 13-16 lb road bike.
The scenery was spectacular as we rode alongside Bayou Rouge, passing thru Evergreen and Cottonport.
The weather forecast for tonight is freezing temperatures, so three of us got a room at the one and only motel in town, which happens to be a complete dump of a 1-star motel. They don’t even try to clean the rooms. There was about a years worth of dust on the dresser, the floors don’t look like they’ve been vacuumed in about a month, and the shower and bathroom floors haven’t been cleaned in who knows how long.
I walked across the street to take a shower at the truck stop the rest of our group is camping behind. Pretty desperate, eh? At least it was clean, and they had this really cool descenting soap I never even knew exhisted before. I wish I could say it helped keep the mosquitos away, but I don’t take chances with them any more. I protect my exposed skin with 100 strength deet. Still don’t have a third eye, so it can’t be that bad for me.
Simmesport had a nice grocery, but our fearless leader insisted that we not cook healthy food and instead patronize the truck stop by eating their food to show appreciation for them allowing 6 cyclists to camp out back for free. After another triple fried dinner, with the only vegetable options being potato chips and French fries, I was not a happy camper–correction: cheap motel ‘guest’.
We will have to turn in early, tonight, because we’re in a room with Chris–the earliest to bed and earliest to rise of the group. Lights out will be 7:30 PM. Wish me luck falling to sleep.