Today’s ride was hot, really hot.
I left around 8:00 and headed South toward Lawley, AL which is near the Talladega Nat’l Forest. From there, I took Rt 183 to Rt 80 to Demopolis. It was quite comfortable riding until 10:00 when all f the sudden, the temperature started rising fast. By 11:00 it was 94 degrees and still getting warmer. At noon, it was 97 degrees and still getting hotter. The heat, combined with the humidity made riding very uncomfortable. I stopped about once an hour just to find something cold to drink and cool off in and air conditioned place.
From Demopolis I took Rt 43 South to Rt 84 West and continued on this road all the way across Mississippi. I could 0nly ride for about an hour before I had to stop to cool off. I’ve come to like McDonalds frozen strawberry lemonade.
There are lots of churches in Alabama and Mississippi. Sometimes there were 5 or 6 churches within sight of each other with the majority of them being Baptist churches. There are many places where you see 3 Baptist churches located directly next to each other.
At one of my water stops, I met a nice gentleman from Birmingham who said that this was unusually hot weather for this time of the year and more like August weather. He had just passed through a town where the thermometer at the bank said it was 104 degrees.
Just before reaching Natchez, I turned North on 61 to Vicksburg where I stopped for the night.
Miles Today: 503
Total Miles: 1,807
States: AL, MS