Tiniest trash of all

Billie knows everything about her RV and I’ve been trying to learn some of the systems. For example, I can install the remote braking system on the tow car (Versie) and hook up the water. I try to see where I can do little jobs to help out – like taking the trash to the dumpster every morning. We have a lot of trash containers, all in places where it’s really helpful. One dry and one messy in the kitchen/living, small ones in the bathroom, tow car and driver/passenger area of the RV (Sallie). That’s five. We have a special trash just for banana peels – #6.

And then there’s #7. The tiniest one – a small green container just 3 inches tall – for the empty sweetener packets that Billie puts in her coffee. I found all of them. I think.

Longleaf Trace MM 18-33

We drove some great back roads to get to our starting point in Sumrall.

From Sumrall to Carson, there’s a separate equestrian path with great signage. Here, it’s on the right:

While much of the trail had woods on either side,

there were open areas of farms and pastureland:

We rode out 15 miles, then came back to Bassfield where there were tables to have our lunch. Our lunches are so much better than the food from most restaurants!

Great bike ride. 30 miles.

Longleaf Trace MM 3-18

Hurray, we got to ride today! We parked at a trailhead on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.

You never know what you’ll see on a bike trail, today a band playing great music. There was a big event today, a Farm to Fork run/walk plus 52- and 36-mile bike rides.

There were a couple of very large groups of paceline riders – high speed and all clustered together for drafting.

Piney woods on both sides of the trail for the most part:

We had lunch in Sumrall, instead of “fine dining” at Lau-tori’s (closed with a still-active website) we had to compromise with an ok hamburger from a local fast food place … it really didn’t matter, we were hungry. On the way back, the bike/ped bridge over Hwy 59:

Beautiful weather and a great 32-mile ride.

Your bike rides this week

Saturday May 1. Cherry Island bike ride along the Dry Creek Parkway. Great picture by Cheryl of Kathy Jonathan Leo Barbara and Dani:

Sunday May 2. Very windy and valiant effort by Leo Cheryl and Carmen:

Monday May 3. Still windy but a few folks went out for a ride. Cindy:

And observed by Barbara and Jean Marie on their ride, logs in the wires:

Tuesday May 4. Kathy Cindy Cheryl Jonathan:

Woo-hoo Barbara. This morning she hiked 5.5 miles in Auburn (foothills of Sierra Nevadas) where she saw this:

In the afternoon, she rode 25 miles! Barbara:

Wednesday May 5. Brake Fast Wednesday at Witter Ranch Park from 7-9 am. Mellissa Meng from Jibe hosted this May is Bike Month coffee and pastry stop. Mellissa Barbara Cindy C and Cindy R. Picture by Cheryl.

In front of the Sacramento Zoo, Dani Kathy Cheryl Barbara:

Thursday May 6. Barbara took this picture at the Guy West Bridge of Kathy Jane Cheryl Cindy:

to Hattiesburg MS

On Thursday, we drove to Cottondale AL, near Tuscaloosa, and spent one night at Sunset RV Park.

Early this morning, we got on the road. Fueling up with the big boys:

It was a very good day. 180+ miles in a relatively short amount of time, very little traffic, decent roads. We arrived in Hattiesburg MS before noon and were able to check in early.

I love you from my head to my …

Wills Creek Vineyards and Winery

We drove to Attalla AL this morning to a Harvest Host:

We were able to park right in front of the tasting room:

Later in the afternoon, after the tasting room had closed, we enjoyed a cold bottle of their Orange Sangria with cheese and crackers on the back deck of the tasting room. We had the place to ourselves.

View from the deck:

Janie, the owner, came out to visit. Then her neighbor/brother-in-law walked around the fence and came over to chat.

This bird tried really hard to chirp louder than our music was playing:

These geese were entertaining to watch. Janie said one goose had been recently nabbed by a snapping turtle in the pond, so now the widow/er hangs out with the remaining couple. No other geese were allowed to land in this meadow.

Another great Harvest Hose experience!

Rain rain, go away

This morning, while it wasn’t raining, we got the laundry done. And picked up what we needed to spend an afternoon/evening inside while it stormed and to prep for leaving tomorrow. Time to cook:

Ready to go except for wrapping the quiches individually. Must be time to …

The sign says, “Antique phone, not in use.”

Cumming GA

Yesterday we drove about 80 miles to Cumming GA. We planned to ride the Big Creek Greenway today but the weather had a different idea:

We changed our plans and decided to do laundry and run errands but the weather was rather severe. That’s us, the blue dot ..

Maybe tomorrow will be more productive?

Brasstown Bald

When you see the first picture in this post, know that my panic attack had pretty much subsided by time I took the picture. The last part of the drive to the interpretive center was 3 miles climbing 1808 feet, average grade = 11.2% AVERAGE grade – in fact, one quarter-mile section is a 16% grade. Coming up to one of the steeper sections on a curve, a cyclist was followed by two vehicles, then me. The cyclist couldn’t move over, there was no shoulder and it was a sheer drop beyond that. The first two vehicles got around the cyclist but when I tried, in stick-shift Versie, I stalled out, in the middle of the road. That’s when I panicked. The car behind me just drove around me, a car coming down the hill drove on the wrong side of the road and went around me. I was terrified. Billie saved the day, she gave instructions, we changed places, and she gunned it out of there. I was still shaking by the time we got to the top and it took a while to get out of the car.

Oh hurray, another uphill climb. But no stairs this time which I hoped would make it better.

4784 feet – Georgia’s highest point. A 360-degree view. On a clear day you can see four states. This would be east with a view of S Carolina:

Northwest to N Carolina and Tennessee:

Lake Chatuge which straddles Georgia and N Carolina. Hiawassee is a small town on the southeastern side. Our campground is 6 miles from town.

Then 6/10 mile down the trail:

Oooh, my legs need some rest!

Your bike rides this week

Monday: Dani Kathy Leo Jane Barbara Cheryl Jonathan Rich. Big group! Hurray.

Tuesday: Leo Kathy Cheryl Dani and Jonathan

Wednesday. Fun day for this group, they rode downtown for lunch.

Jane Cindy Cheryl and Jonathan:

Thursday. Great shot by Jonathan of Barbara Cheryl and Kathy from the Guy West Bridge:

Jonathan:

Friday. Cindy Jonathan Kathy and Cheryl stopped at Linden Park. One of my favorites because there’s some cool public art that can be easily missed.

May is Bike Month. Get your bike out, go for a ride and have more fun.