I'm just catching up on this thread. Lots of good stuff going on. I'm not a terribly serious cyclist. I enjoy it immensely, but I have so many leisure pursuits that I never get too serious or good at any of them. I am a member of Gulf Coast Bicycle Club. It's a great club for anyone. There are some very serious riders that I have no hope of ever being able to hang with. I do some of the moderately spirited group rides on rare occasion. I love the club for its n00b friendliness and the social rides we do.
Thursday evening we met up in Pass Christian MS and rode the new Bay St Louis bridge bike lane into old town Bay St Louis. I saw some old friends and made some new ones. The pace was a pace at which you could carry on a decent conversation. Traffic was very light and allowed side by side riding. It was an easy 20 mile ride.
The low traffic back roads
The Bay St Louis Bridge peak. The old bridge was knocked out by Katrina
Old Town Bay St Louis and a beverage stop