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Well 2 1/2 weeks into the ride, over 5000km ridden so far and we had a day of quirky experiences and stops.
We left the hotel after a quick bite and although we have about 300km to travel today, it was already getting warm. We stopped at Macca's a bit later on and Sean was made an offer by a very large African American lady who wanted to get on his bike and ride into the sunset.
After a detour to Walmart, trying ...
... ammo but no food. Dogs and cats became scarce and the fastest living animal on earth was the last surviving chicken in Vicksburg. Finally, on July 3, 1863 the Confederate commander, General Pemberton negotiated for a surrender, one day after the victory at Gettysburg.
Today, Vicksburg is still a bustling port city with cotton, soy beans, and corn being the primary product being shipped ...
... the timed portion of the race, a long train came across the tracks, holding up alot of the racers, they had so many time delay sheets that they decided to throw out the last leg. But they didn't tell the teams...so they all raced down the road, going 60 mph trying to make up the difference of time. They had fun, but it didn't count. so that effort was wasted. All in all, everything went ...
... the visitors center about the crucial battle. Lincoln & Grant knew Vicksburg would be the key to turning the war because many of the souths supplies came from the Mississippi River at this point. Several attempts were made to capture the area but because it was on a rise, the south was well fortified. Finally Grant got an officer to agree to try to sneak by Vicksburg on the river. Very quietly they almost made ...
... bit before getting water and heading
The next 10 miles were challenging but
once my muscles warmed up it was slightly easier. We stopped to
regroup at a place called Owen's Creek waterfall. It was lovely and
peaceful sitting on top the ledge. We ended up waiting a while again
because Ale had had another flat.
We made it into our campsite for the
night at around 2 which gave us enough time ...