David Freeze Working day 15: Modifying route, receiving in just ahead of big storm
Posted 12:01 am Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Editor’s observe: David Freeze is cycling together the Mississippi River from Dubuque, Iowa, to New Orleans. Contact him at [email protected]
Just as the solar was beginning to rise, I pedaled absent from the High quality Inn at Clarksdale, Mississippi. Forecasts named for a likelihood of thunderstorms and not quite as hot. I determined to pedal south on U.S. 61 and then make a call or two together the way. I wished to go to Greenville mainly because the river may touch the town, but I wouldn’t know for absolutely sure until I talked to the readers middle there.
On the aspect of a four-lane fast paced street but out in the driving lane due to Mississippi rumble strips, I passed by exits for Duncan, Shelby, Winstonville, Mound Bayou and Merigold before hitting the fast paced city of Cleveland, which has about 12,000 residents and is substantial for this region. Afterwards, only Boyle and Shaw ended up towns as I pedaled into the heat and Leland. It was selection time.
I termed the website visitors heart in Greenville and requested the issue. Did the river touch the town? Politely I was informed by a friendly woman that it did not, until you pedaled south of the city boundaries and went to a park. There was a lake in town, but I resolved to skip Greenville and get a jump on Vicksburg. Rather of pedaling west. I stayed on US 61 as it slash down to a two lane street with no shoulder just earlier Leland. It was a gorgeous location of crops and enhanced by a yellow crop dusting plane that I ongoing to see for substantially of an 82 mile day. At last sighting, he was just previous 50 miles from his property base which was also on 61 South.
Supported by positive winds all day, I could see storms starting up to build and felt the wind changing to a sturdy headwind. Approaching Hollandale, enormous corn harvesting was occurring all close to me. Enormous combines and other machines pushed till the moment rain began to tumble. Abruptly it was all shut down and the corn in the bins included.
With rain all all-around, I was on the lookout hard for Cotton State Inn. I had termed this morning and arranged for a place, just a primary space but sight unseen. Thankfully this one turned out nicely, with excellent Wi-Fi, ice and a lot of place. The only foods merchants in town are Greenback Basic and a End and Shop compact grocery retail store. Everybody in the grocery retailer appeared to know everybody else.
I am not a admirer of Mississippi streets and this afternoon, I learned an additional explanation for discontent. Only cyclists would see but from time to time two slabs of concrete have a two inch gap concerning them, just adequate for a bicycle tire to tumble into it. 2 times it transpired this afternoon. No damage so far.
Today was not thrilling and almost nothing uncommon occurred except for the temperature. As early as probable, I strategy to get to Vicksburg and do the city and battlefield tours moreover commit some time at the waterfront. Vicksburg was a pivotal metropolis in the Civil War and it’s rumored to be 1 of the most wonderful in the Deep South.
So with that, I will near for tonight and satisfy you back again here tomorrow with another new metropolis with a lot to discover. Many thanks for driving along and for ongoing messages and prayers!