|Just open road|
We left Pineville on the outskirts of Alexandria this morning about 7:40. Not early enough to miss rush hour, that is for sure. Due to the rivers, bayous, and freeway configuration, we really only had one route out of town, and it was booming. Very yucky start to the day - lots of exhaust, so tricky merges and intersections, and bad road and littered shoulders to boot. I thought, "wow - this is going to be a really nasty day!" But a local cyclist saw us coming through the intersection, turned around, and gave us some encouragement when he said the balance of our route would be relatively light traffic and good shoulders.
And, it pretty much was - except for when it wasn't! Every now and then, Roger almost stopped in a lurch when the shoulder gave way or he accidentally wandered onto the rumble strip. Ow! It keeps you on your toes, I guess.
|Is there a 'gator lurking there?|
Another element that provides a little frisson of excitement to one's cycling is the knowledge that there are these little sloughs and swamps just off the road everywhere, and who knows what might be lurking there! Roger keeps asking if we could see an alligator, and while I suspect the odds are no better than our seeing a bear in the Northwest (which we never did), I guess it's still possible. We are in their home range, after all.
|They are attracted to light colors|
Much more likely to show up, and a bit of a nuisance, are the love bugs. These little guys do not bite or sting, but they are everywhere right now, and so we are riding through the flights with our mouths closed tightly. When I was a kid, some folks used a bit raunchier term for them (I will let you figure it out) because, yes - just as it seems - they really are "doing it" all day long. I had to look them up to confirm this; you are welcome to check my work! The only real damage they do is messing up your car's finish, and since the bike's not painted, I guess we are in the clear there.
|in them ol' cotton fields back home . . .|
And then, of course, there is the cotton! Rolled past big fields of cotton today. When that cotton field gets rotten, you can't pick any more cotton!
The day's report: Alexandria to Leesville, 49.9 miles/7217 to date
Here's the route for the day
A bonus photo for you, just because I loved these paintings so much! We had wandered over to the local cafe (the only place in walking distance) and got there just as they were closing! Yikes! Did not know they closed after lunch. Anyway, they were nice enough to let us order to go, and so our dinner today was soup, salad and sandwiches, all of which were very good. Plus pie!
|There's just something about the cows - love 'em!|