Today was really cold – it was maybe 30 degrees when we left the Holiday Inn Express at just about 8 a.m. I thought today’s ride was one of the prettiest rides of this whole leg. We passed about a dozen nurseries, a turf farm, and a couple of cotton fields that looked liked they’d already been planted. And some of the properties along the roads were absolutely gorgeous! Sorry I don’t have any photos of our ride (maybe Mark or Matt posted some), but it was just too cold for most of the ride to stop and take photos. Plus, in general, I think we all just wanted to get to Mobile, which we did by 11:50 a.m. So we rode 47 miles in just under 4 hours. We only got chased one by a few dogs in Mississippi, so we were feeling neglected after not getting chased by any dogs in Alabama! 🙂
Riding through Mobile to the downtown section was really nice – the Universities, schools, churches and especially the homes reminded me of other Southern cities I have visited, including New Orleans, Charleston, and Savannah. Mobile is really nice – in fact the highlight of the trip for me was touring the downtown portion with Beth after having lunch. So here are some of the photos, once we had made it into Mobile.
After Beth and I did our walking tour of the historic district of Mobile (we also visited the Museum of Mobile, which was really good!) we went back to our rooms at the Hampton Inn. I disassembled and packed up my bike (in 72 minutes – another new record for me!) and then took a quick shower before we all met up in the lobby. Beth and I had made reservations for all 5 of us at the Royal Scam Restaurant, the same place we went to for lunch, just down the street from our hotel. All our dinners were excellent, and afterward we went back to Beth’s room to drink the rest of the wine and eat the rest of the chocolates we had purchased in one of the many Wal-Marts we visited on this leg.
Tomorrow (Saturday 3/7) we all get up really early (3:45 a.m.) to get to the airport for our 6:00 a.m. flights out of Mobile.
After biking 637 miles on this leg, I feel that we accomplished quite a lot completing a leg of the trip that would have been challenging even if the weather had been nice. Having Matt along with us was great! I hope he will be able to join us for some or all of the last leg, and I hope my son Chris will be able to join us also!