Riders were up and ready, eager to see just what the day would bring. The weather in the 70′s reaching a sticky 84. Yes the humidity is up. There are 64 miles to cover, with a route change we have 400ft. to climb beginning with a quick hike up to the levee where a beautiful bike path takes us out of town. The path runs alongside the Mississippi River to our first stop, the Destrehan Plantation, the back drop of our team picture. Originally built in 1790 as an indigo plantation, it later supported sugar cane, and it is the oldest documented house in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Our first SAG stop is held at the San Francisco Plantation, currently under renovation. The parking lot however served us well, offering an abundance of shade and nearby facilities.We continue past oil fields to a spillway and across a dry river bottom leading to country roads of varying sizes. The discussion later is centered here. “Roadkill” lots of it. In alphabetical order, alligator, armadillos, frogs, bloated frogs, possums, snakes. (I’m sure I missed something.) The counts were disputed but there were many. A tree canopied road with a smooth riding surface makes Ernest Floyd Rd. by far a favorite of the day.