. Then the shoulder narrowed and the traffic increased so we took a needed snack break and began checking our 'electronic devices' for a way off of this road. The road we chose soon turned to gravel and luck would have it a gravel pit with weigh house trailer was there to greet us! Actually Debra greeted us and laughed at our dilemma while telling us we weren't the only travelers to make that mistake. She told us the funniest occurrence was the one time when ten motor homes were parked outside the trailer upon trying the same alternate route as us. They were looking for a campground that the maps seemed to have shown this road as passable, again just as we thought. She sent us back to 45 with our first opportunity for an exit strategy not for another four miles, until then it's narrow shoulders and heavier traffic. And another flat tire, Larry's second. Twenty minute quick change and we're rolling again. Did I already say the shoulder was narrower and the traffic heavier?... Well, it is again! We finally got to that exit strategy, but first a little confirmation from not just one passerby (a guy at a Stop sign); but a second (woman parked in a lot across the street); and then a third, we'll call this an affirmation as it came upon the Antioch Baptist Church where Rhonda showed us the way, I mean confirmed our route. That last five and deserve it to say and a half mile, just had to be a grrrowler!... That was a test of endurance! And yea, we made it! Wait, did we say earlier something about this being our fastest and best day? Why yes it was, ALL things considered, But it remains 38.24 miles, average speed 12 mph, 2100 calories burned!
Today was our fastest and best day on the road except for our flat tire on US 45. Disappointed that Ernest B's Restaurant was closed for dinner last night, we waited for the rain to stop this morning because we absolutely had to move on, and just because... we already gave up an extra night at that 'could have had fun, spa-like' Holiday Inn Express. So we enjoyed a leisurely bowl of Cheerios (good for that 'low cholesterol' diet, you know!!) and went over our routing. The temperature was still hovering around forty degrees and we were a little concerned about the wet roads and our visibility. Not to worry, we started out on Old Highway 25 with no traffic. Then we were on to State Route 25, a state highway with a decent shoulder and generous drivers, so that we decided to stay on SR 25 even though our mapping had us taking Old Miss 25 that runs along SR 25 a quarter-mile away for the next 10 miles. Our next 25 miles put us on US 45, four lane divided again with ample shoulder and generous drivers