Oh … Baton Rouge already!
This little trip has been such a blur. With the exception of the frequent flashbacks to the spring tour with Adventure Cycling’s Southern Tier Van One … brought on by a million memories of places passed … it’s becoming increasingly difficult to discern one day’s memory from the next. My routine has mostly settled into:
Something like that.
We’ve also settled into a “Three days on, One day off” routine. Rest days are called “vacations”. That makes the other three sound like work, doesn’t it?
Everyone likes the rest days, but to date, I’ve only gotten out on Old Blue twice, in Gulfport Mississippi. That’s a whole story right there. Gulfport was ground zero when hurricane Katrina hit, and it shows. I got in about 50 miles and know that town intimately.
At this writing, we’re “on vacation” in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Mark’s wife Debbie arrived late yesterday at the airport. She’ll be traveling with us for the next three day stretch. She’ll ride with me in the RV and her company is appreciated. She and their daughter Sarah rode along for three days at the beginning and the miles really flew by.
The far eastern “25%” of this route has been as “pretty” as expected … as I already know it. But I’m finding myself getting increasingly excited and anxious to get to the second “50%” on the other side of Austin Texas, where the landscapes begin changing in color, detail, density, and … ahem … altitudes. I’m hoping that losing the Deep South humidity to the arid heat of the west will help all of us move forward a bit more comfortably.
I’m guessing maybe a week of Louisiana and a week of east Texas stand between us and the Really Cool Part™ of the Southern Tier Route. I’m certain I’ll feel more motivated to put tasks aside till late, and go riding with Old Blue in the afternoons (nights?) when it’s dry again and particularly when I’ve got mountains to climb. One thing is certain. I’ll generate a lot more New Memories of my own once we reach the Hill Country.