Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wow, 36 degree night in the tent. I have a high tech lightweight sleeping bag my son Ryan lent to me. It is rated to 40 degrees comfort and 31 degrees lowest. Well it should be rated at "if below 60 degrees you damn well better be sleeping inside with this bag"! I spent the night with pants, socks, a long sleeve shirt and my fleece in the bag with a borrowed blanket. By the end I had 2 pairs of socks, 2 pants, my rain pants and rain coat and fleece hat. I did not sleep at all but survived! So it was a very slow morning, getting warm and letting the gear dry out. Got on the road at 11:00 with a very meager goal of 20 miles to Bogalusa, LA. When I arrived there after a somewhat slow ride, highlighted by a few dog chases (again nothing serious), I did not like the town and particularly the lodging options. So at 3:15 and with 2.5 hours of daylight left I headed to Franklinton, LA, which was 24 miles. I rode my hardest ride yet and made it there in 2 hours with only one short 5 minute stop. It was worth the ride; I found a nice and clean motel with a Chinese Buffet within walking distance, again. So there was a sign on the road at an entrance to a dirt road, which said no trespassing and if you did they would shoot you on sight, wow. Well I was really tired and passed out for the night. Wait to you hear about day 12!
Posted by Dan at 5:44 AM