Scheduled 55 miles. Temps beginning at 52 and hoping to reach 79, it doesn’t. At 6:00am the sky opened up pouring buckets of water down everywhere around us. Let’s have breakfast, load at 7:00am. Now when cycling multidays, the weather channel becomes your best friend. Today though helpful, she is not our friend. Rain all day. Jeff, our tour director sees a window, a break between two cells we hope to make. The rain does subside and luggage is loaded, riders hit the road dry. Our lead riders manage to stay dry most of the day. For the rest the rain does come, but it is light as we ride toward Baton Rouge.
The route takes us past the LSU Campus, also under going renovations, the USS Kidd, and both the Old and current State Capitals. We reach SAG dry with only flats to talk about. That’s one thing you can be sure of on wet roads, there will be flats. On day 2 we host lunch instead of dinner at the Magnolia Cafe 5689 Commerce St. St. Francisville, LA. The food is great and the atmosphere keeps us coming back. There’s a bit of work to get there though, Gentle rolling hills one after another. The wind picks up and the temperature drops, we get more rain, but nothing heavy, just a mist.
And flats. Did I mention flats. At least 12….Felt weird to count