Day 25 – Kosciusko to Livingston

Kosciusko to Livingston, Alabama, our 25th day takes us into state number 11. Only 2 more to go!!

We awoke to another grey wet day, ate breakfast in the hotel lobby rather than the car park and then set out for a 116 mile ride through a second day of torrential rain. After a couple of people killed their cameras by getting them wet the previous day, I was taking no chances and so mine stayed wrapped up virtually all day. The scenery ( what little we saw of it) was very similar to the previous day with lots of thick wooded forest, muddy creeks (Bayous as they are called around here) and a few isolated farms.

Day 25 Russ on the road.

Day 25 Russ on the road.

All stops were as short as possible as given these conditions, most people wanted to press on and get the day over with as quickly as possible. Two days of heavy rain created their own problems for the riders. Whereas previously most people had suffered from “hot foot” due to the heat, today people were suffering from sore feet due to them being wet for so long. Young Greg in particular really suffered and by the time he finished he could barely walk,  his feet were so shrivelled up. Also the wet created problems of chaffing for most people which can be particularly uncomfortable.

One ofr the PAC Tour "P" arrows with Franz's attempt to cheer people up a bit.

One of the PAC Tour "P" arrows with Franz's attempt to cheer people up a bit.

Coming into one of the SAG stops, we had to smile as Franz had tried to cheer everybody up a bit by adding his own bit of artwork to the usual “P” arrows. These arrows are spray painted onto the road near particularly awkward junctions or to direct people into where the SAG wagons are parked up as they may not always be in clear sight of the road. It worked as it made people laugh – not easy today as most people were close to a sense of humour failure.

By the time we arrived at the hotel in Kosciusko, the weather had cleared up for the first time all day. We did the usual end of day stuff (wash bikes etc) and then just as everyone was starting to go out for their evening meal, the real excitement came. A thunderstorm rolled in so quickly that the sky looked like something from a movie makers special effects box. The sky went black and very angry in a matter of seconds and then the heavens opened as we walked a hunderd yards to the restaurant for the evening. By the time we got there we were all drenched – in the space of about 30 seconds!.

The thunder storm starting to come in.

The thunder storm starting to come in.

A matter of seconds latter it looks like the apocalypse is upon us!!

A matter of seconds latter it looks like the apocalypse is upon us!!

Day 25 - Map

Day 25 - Map

Stats for the day:-

Mileage: 116

Climbing: 5000ft

Temps: Mid 70’s, very humid, torrential rain (again).

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One Response to “Day 25 – Kosciusko to Livingston”

  1. just like being in bedlington then!!!!

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