Daily Mileage: 308
Average speed: 33 mph
My pops woke me up today, and had some breakfast before packing up and heading out. Todays ride took me through end of the MS hill country and into the Delta which is super flat and the levee roads.
Talahatchie County, MS
Natural Light seems to be the local favorite. Saw boxes and case strewn throughout several counties.
Some interesting buildings along the way
Kudzoo is commonplace in MS
Through the the Mississippi Delta...
Click on below video for a little taste of the Delta.
The tallest object there in the Delta
An old building in a town just before crossing into Arkansas
Heading over the bridge into Arkansas, I see the Isle of Capri Casino and hotel, which is one of the recommended hotels. Once I get across the bridge into Helena, Arkansas, the scenery and atmosphere starts to feel not on depressed and impoverished, but also a little bit scary. The bars on on the gas station windows are telltales. I gas up and get on the road as soon as I can to get away from these bad vibes.
Arkansas, at least close the river, isn't very nice at all. I was riding long stretches of farmland roads, and there was a TON of dragonfly. There were areas of lowlands that were slightly flood with creek water from irrigating the fields. I'm happy it wasn't raining becuase there was a ton of dried out ruts through some sections. Overall, not scenic at all.
I hit a swampy water crossing which I was happy to turn around and reroute. It was stinky stagnant water, and though I could see where the water ended, I've had enough experience to understand that I'd rather not get my boot dirty on this one.
Most of the first half of Arkansas consist of straight gravel farmland roads. One annoyance is the dust that is kicked up if you happen to be behind an automobile. At the end of the day, Arkansas started to look nicer. The roads and scenery become more inviting.
At around 7, I stop for the night in Bebee, AR at the Days Inn.
There was pool so I took a swim and then walk over to the waffle house next door for dinner. Tomorrow, I hope to make it to Oklahoma, I'm making pretty good time each day, so if I get up early enough, I think it's possible.
Observation: Going from Semi synthetic Castrol Act-evo to Mobil full synthetic really made a noticeable difference. The engine seems to run smooth with less vibes? Not sure if its the function of refreshed oil, or that the synth actually made a difference in smoothing it out?
Also, the improved traction of the new rear tire is great.