More ups and downs through rural Alabama. My left Achilles’ tendon was giving me trouble the past two days so one of the trip leaders taped it in the “relaxed” position (toes down). That worked great for riding but I couldn’t walk! I’m no ballerina! No further trouble today, though.
We’ve certainly seen a lot of poverty as we’ve passed through rural Mississippi and Alabama, but one thing I can’t understand are towns that have simply abandoned their downtowns. Thomason, pictured below, is still a viable town but it’s downtown is just a bunch of crumbling buildings. The little town of Pine Apple is much better but maybe not too far behind. Is it because of malls, or Amazon, or both? On the other hand the small town of Greenville, where we are staying tonight, has a beautiful downtown.
Today’s ride was 129 miles with 4,200 ft of climbing. Our last “big mileage” day.