We slept so soundly last night we nearly missed breakfast again. I looked out the window and caught this crazy old guy unloading his car right in the middle of two spaces. Any closer and he would have hit my bike. He needs some parking lessons!
We got a bit of a late start, but made it to Memphis after a quick dash down US-61 on the Arkansas side. We crossed the Mississippi River into Memphis on I-40 and proceeded to ride around downtown.
Giant Egg in Memphis:
Strange signs in the bathroom too:
Some statues: (BB King and Elvis)
We had a tough time deciding which side to ride on as both sides appears to use US-61 and neither seemed very close to the river. We choose to ride on east side, so we could see Mississippi. Mississippi was my fifth new state for this trip! I’ve officially reached the goal of five new states I set for myself back in January.
I’ve always thought of MS has a very hot state. It didn’t disappoint, today we broke yesterday’s record of 103F with 105F. It was HOT. I hope this record will stand for the rest of the trip.
It was like riding in an oven. After so many hours riding in heat over 100F, when it finally started to cool off and got to 95F we were both refreshed at how cool it was outside. Crazy!! I actually got a bit of a chill riding in 85F just as we reached our motel for the night.
Mississippi wasn’t very fun. Too much four lane roads and WAY too many corn and soybean fields.
We decided instead of stopping in Greenville, MS as planned, we pushed on to Baton Rouge which was our plan for tomorrow.
We saw a bunch of large farm implements. Like this giant tractor:
We also saw this giant fire. Not sure what was burning, but it was visible for miles.
Southern Mississippi is much more scenic than the northern part of the state. The fields and farms give way to forests filled with pines.
You’d almost think you were in Northern MN except for the terrific heat.
We chased our shadows trying to get to Baton Rouge before dark.
The scenery gets even better once crossing over into Louisiana, but the roads in LA aren’t very nice so far.
Very bumpy and in dire need of repair. We arrived at our motel just after sunset across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, LA.
Today we rode 459 miles and covered four states: AR, TN, MS, and LA. It was a long day, but will give us more time for the gulf and mountains. Tomorrow we will see the gulf and hopefully the end of the Mississippi. Then it will be back to New Orleans.
A tank for Dom:
- Great River Ride – The Plan
- Great River Ride – The Bike Prep
- Great River Ride – Day 1 – To Park Rapids, MN
- Great River Ride – Day 2 – The Mississippi Headwaters
- Great River Ride – Day 3 – Leaving Minnesota
- Great River Ride – Day 4 – Iowa
- Great River Ride – Day 5 – Into Missouri
- Great River Ride – Day 6 – Five States in One Day
- Great River Ride – Day 7 – Memphis and Mississippi
- Great River Ride – Day 8 – Louisiana
- Great River Ride – Day 9 – Rain and the Gulf
- Great River Ride – Day 10 – Mobile & Pensacola
- Great River Ride – Day 11 – To Birmingham
- Great River Ride – Day 12 – Sweet Tea and Sweetwater
- Great River Ride – Day 13 – Cherohala Dragons
- Great River Ride – Day 14 – In Threes
- Great River Ride – Day 15 – OH-555 and AMA Museum
- Great River Ride – Day 16 – US-30
- Great River Ride – Day 17 – Leaving Indiana
- Great River Ride – Day 18 – Chicago and Sojourner
- Great River Ride – Day 19 – Madison to Minneapolis
- Great River Ride – Reflections