Day 21 — Pine, pine, pine, pine, pine

Miles today: 58

Miles total: 789

Flats today: 0

Flats total: 1

Today was hot, hot, hot and humid, humid, humid. The temp reached 106 at one point and I think the humidity was around 300%, maybe 350%. I followed the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier maps for most of the day. The nice thing about them, even though you ride probably an extra 10 miles every day to get to the same point, is that they follow the roads less taken. For most of the day, I was the only vehicle traffic in either direction! The land was all rolling farmland and pine forests. There were few convenience stores along the way and I ended up getting close to running out of water. When I started getting low, I used the GPS to route me onto the much busier Rt. 49. But, it had a very wide shoulder and was an easyish ride. I stopped at a little gas station diner and had an outstanding shrimp po boy and cajun fries around 3:00. I was pretty hungry by then. I burned up my 3 Krispy Kreme donuts, 3 candy bars, a bag of pretzels and a bag of dried fruit trail mix. Since I was already on the main route, I rode 10 more miles to the Best Western. Now, I’ll be sure to have a big breakfast. As soon as I finish with the blog, I’m going to crawl next door to the Mexican place and have a margarita or two and some chips and salsa.

And be sure to look at yesterday’s blog again. I went back and added two important pictures!

Here’s the pix for today:

An interesting looking house.

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Some curious goats.

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Let’s see, if I get on this road and head north, I should be home in 3 months.

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Probably 80% of today’s ride was through pine forests.

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These two photos were on opposite sides of the road. It was like that for over a mile. Maybe a prescribed burn? It’s odd that the fire never crossed the road.

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And now for that margarita.

 

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