Fulton MS to Amory MS

Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Insofar as bike touring goes, we left extremely late today because we debated for so long about whether or not to ride because of the strong winds out of the south plus it's suppose to rain on Monday morning so we could have a short ride on Monday afternoon. As we said yesterday, this is a fabulous hotel, and sure wouldn't mind to be stuck here if we had to weather a storm. This would be an especially good place to try to get caught up on our travel log entries. We journal every day and then type it into our Travel Pod log when we can and that said, we don't always get good Internet service and sometimes not even at all in these small towns. If we do get good Internet service we try to coordinate it with a rest day to get caught up with the log. That's bad enough but what's worse is that we have also lost a few travel log entries during editing and always near the end of our work. First we were dumbfounded, then absolutely infuriated at having the screen go blank after spending hours journaling. This time we called our IT FSIL (favorite-son-in-law) to help us through. Later we reminisced about the typewriter and then rewrote that entry. Two days later Travel Pod emailed us their apologies and explained the occurrence was due to them working on their website; made us wonder why we didn't get an email with the other lost entries. Back to today, although it was tempting to stay we decided to move on because the dilemma was, we may need the days for any unforeseen circumstances down the road.
We decided to give it a few miles and then decided to go the course. That 15 mph wind that was out of the south that should have been in our face somehow peculiarly pushed us along, even up the hills. After ten miles the roads leveled out, so yea, we did good, or so we thought.
W rode through a very small town, Smithvillle, which was nearly demolished by a tornado a year ago. Most all of the debris was cleared but there were a lot of random concrete pads where once a house or business sat. This was so sad to see but at the same time we noticed the re-building was well in place. The high school appeared to be new as were some of the churches, some new businesses,and a lot of hew houses. Very little attention, media and the like goes to a small community after a tragedy like this happens, so it's very inspiring to see a town like this re-build on their own. We stopped at a service station for lunch and after chatting with the clerk, she gave us the name of the motel where we're at tonight. It turned out the motel we had originally planned to stay at we rode past on the wrong way to where we ended up. It turned out the pictures on their website were embellished. That made our decision easier, I guess.
Our ride would have been shorter, only 25 miles but turned into 30 miles because google maps sent us to the wrong end of town with a 2-1/2 mile lumbering climb. It showed the motel was right next to where we were standing when actually it was five miles in the opposite direction. It was only a mile from where we turned off of Route 25, a right turn instead of left. Even on a short day, an extra five miles hurts! Now we were dreaming of our comfy room and spa-like pool we left behind in Fulton.
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