Temperatures ranging 65-84
We left Senatobia the way we came in, back tracking yesterdays ride 3 miles towards Arkabutla Dam. Designed as a Flood Damage Reduction reservoir, the dam itself is 11,500 ft long and 67 ft high. It rests on the Coldwater River protecting the Yazoo River Valley. The dam was constructed as one of four following the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. The project even required the relocation of the Town of Coldwater and its 700 residence.
At our turn on Veazey Rd. we are met by resident, farmer, cyclist Kim. Farming both soy and sweet potatoes, this future AbB rider claims GRABAWR in Wisconsin as her Favorite ride thus far.
Our roads to the SAG are Tree lined with only one hazard, a calf who can’t find her way. Eventually Pam gets her cornered and cyclist ride on past. On they ride, rolling closer to the King, the famous Beale St., and a well deserved day off. We are calling home for TWO nights Memphis Tennessee. Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee as well as the largest on the Mississippi River. The route takes us near the famous Elvis Presley Mansion which some turn off route to snap a picture. The road in is a little rough, we are city riding, lots of traffic, pot holes, and people. Our awareness needs to be sharp, but hey… there’s Sun Records!
Home is a Comfort Inn on the Mississippi River, and Mudd Island in sight. Dinner is at the Kooky Canuck, where we say our good byes to David, Dan and Karen and make plans for our day off. Laundry is at the top of the list. There is lots to do, including tours of Graceland, Mudd Island, The Civil Rights Museum, the Blues on Beale Street, trolley rides, or walking along the Mississippi River.
The Goodbye Section: Before we had a chance to meet… it is already time for some to go.
David Ball: Bowling Green, Kentucky. Life Long Cyclist. His Ride: Ti Cycles.
This guy had quiet a day. David inadvertently left his cell phone at the dam. An unsuccessful trip was made to retrieve it. We thought that was it till the phone rang. It was found and they were willing to return it to us. A young couple arrived, returned the phone and refused a tip. It was here i learned this guy looses and FINDS things often enough to have an article written about him. The most famous of which is about a Rolex. We are hoping to see David again this year on our North Tour.
From San Diego California Karen and Dan:
Karen is our newest cyclist with just three years under her belt -Her ride is a Felt Karen began cycling in an effort to combine a healthy lifestyle, fitness, and her desire to be social. Her first organized ride was a charity ride for MS. 100 miles done on a hybrid. Karen completed her longest day rides with us this week. 90 miles, followed by 100 miles. Her FIRST century. Congratulations Karen!
Dan - life long cyclist – Rides a TIME Ask Dan a question… He’ll give you an answer. With a great wealth of knowledge Dan shared with us stories not only of the bicycle, but baseball, football, hockey etc… But he is definitely a hockey friend. The whole floor knew who he was routing for. Thanks for sharing your passion and enthusiasm with us, hope to ride with you again soon.