This morning we drove to Stage 1’s end point and the Ride resumed. The Rider was greeted by fans almost immediately after he started riding. Fortunately, they didn’t follow along very far.
He did 36.7 miles today – much farther than originally anticipated. The Support Crew grocery shopped, got gas, visited a library and two campgrounds. Then I kept driving and driving to catch up, wondering if I had missed him because the mileage kept racking up!
Tonight we are at the I-10 RV Park, off-route near Mobile. It has a huge Live Oak and cool butterflies. In addition to wifi & laundry facilities. Nice place.
We lingered an extra day in Boise and didn’t really leave till October 2. Two reasons: it took us “awhile to get around to going to the post office and mailing boxes home so we wouldn’t have to schlep river gear and extra warm clothes around the country. And two, I discovered my VISA had been “compromised” and that involved some extra time on the phone to make arrangements to get a new one mailed ahead to a post office in Gulf Shores, Alabama on our route. By that time it wasn’t worth leaving, so we enjoyed another evening with our friends.
Our route south took us through Wyoming and Colorado, where we managed to stay just ahead of the snow. We also had three good Walmart camping experiences.
We took our time, because Tropical Storm Karen was due to hit the Gulf Coast the same time we had planned to arrive. It was disappointing not to visit Rocky Mountain National Park (because it was CLOSED!!!) when we were so close. Instead we spent an evening with Dave’s unicycling friends Scott & Jody, who are training to be missionaries in Quito, Ecuador. A Facebook post reminded me they were in Colorado Springs and we were able to connect.
A KOA in Amarillo, TX had some interesting yard art. You can usually count on that at KOA’s.
The Ameristar Casino RV park in Vicksburg, MS provided another good casino camping stay – well-maintained, cheap facilities. Unfortunately, the Civil War battleground park was also closed (thank you very much, USGOV).
We got to the Gulf in time to go out for a seafood dinner for Dave’s birthday the day before he started riding. Our campground was Shepard State Park in Gautier, MS.