The weather forecast for today predicted a cold start in the morning, but then warming up significantly. For the second day in a row, however, the predicted warming never occurred. The sun struggled to get out all day but we never saw it. There were endless rolling hills today, I think we climbed and descended the same 200 feet all day! We saw fields of kudzu, which is invasive and smothering all the native vegetation. We rolled through downtown Philadelphia, MS, the site of the famous “Mississippi Burning” trial of Ku Klux Klan members for the death of three civil rights workers. One of our SAG stops was outside an abandoned hotel in Porterville, MS, which saw better days until the train stopped making stops there. Shortly after Porterville we crossed into Alabama, though there was no sign except a sign for a new county. We’ve deduced that since we are now traveling on back roads, mostly county roads, not state roads, the states are not bothering with “Welcome to . . . ” signs there. We didn’t see any for Mississippi either.
Today’s ride was 116 miles with 5,000 ft of climbing.