Saturday, 31 May 2008
Kosciusko, MS to Jackson, MS
71.5 miles, 5h52m, 12.2 mph
Elapsed Time: 7h43m, Max speed: 28.5mph
Total Climbing: 1016ft, Max elevation: 427ft
Total mileage: 563.1
I slept a solid 10 hours on Friday night, and was still out the door by
7am. It was a beautiful day for riding. Sunny, warm, even a slight
headwind to cool me off. The road was mostly flat and mostly good.
It looked like this most of the day.
There were a few historic sites and nature trails. I took a short
nature walk to see a beaver dam. It was so feeble-looking that I would
be embarassed to show the picture on this website (Okay, so it was
blurry). I didn't see any beavers either...maybe Saturday is their day
off. I did see (and feel) many, many mosquitos.
I skipped the first store beause it was too early for lunch. The second
store was closed, but a sign outside told me to go to "Frank's," just
900 feet away for beer, ice, and bait. I decided I didn't want to ride
900 feet unless I knew the bait would be tasty. So I never did eat
The traffic started to pick up as the day went on. Lots of power boats
headed for the Pearl River.
Waterskiing on the Pearl River.
Here's another one of those cypress swamps.
Here's the Ross Barnett Resevoir.
I came across another rider near
Jackson. John was out for a weekend ride on the Trace. We talked about
bikes for a while and then rode toward Jackson together for a while.
Then John peeled off to attack a Chinese buffet. He warned me about the
crappy streets of Jackson.
It took my about an hour to work my way through town to my downtown
hotel. Unfortunately, there's no good food--or anything interesting at
all--within walking distance of this place (at least walking distance
on a 90 degree day). So, I've decided that I will ride tomorrow, but
only across town. This will save me from having to ride across the city
during the morning rush on Monday, and I'll get to see the downtown
sights on a traffic-free Sunday.
I ordered dinner from a place that delivers steaks. It was good.
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