5 down, 3 to go! Mississippi Miles

Day 39 and 40 combined – Not many photos were taken yesterday as the team traveled from Eunice to Franklinton, LA – a distance of 84+ miles.

While they tell me they were cycling, evidently Kim was busy in the garden! This garden had all the ingredients that Kim loves, creative, seasonal decor and wine bottle trees.

Kim's Garden
Kim’s Garden
more of Kim's Garden
more of Kim’s Garden
Leaving Peaceful Pines, near New Roads, LA
Leaving Peaceful Pines, near New Roads, LA

Once the team reached Franklinton, (and Jeff got over those 5 extra miles I made him cycle because I found a great campground), we rendezvous -ed in the Winn-Dixie parking lot. Had to do a grocery run for the essentials, beer, Thin golden Oreo cookies, salad fixins, potato chips, Tortilla chips, and cilantro. Winn Dixie had everything on the list but the cilantro. Darn! Bikes were attached to the RV and we traveled the 5 miles off route to Bogue Chitto State Park, one of the nicest parks we have stayed in. The laundry was FREE – imagine that! The site was nice, restrooms mostly clean, and all for $16.00. That Senior Pass for National Parks and Forests gave us a 50% discount.

My turn to cook and leftovers it was. We still had those German sausages from our stay in Fredericksburg, Texas – add a little salad, some applesauce and yes, we still had some of Kim’s greens leftover and you’ve got a decent meal. Not chef level like Kim’s have been but it fills the stomach.

Day 40 started out with a 5 mile RV trip into Franklinton to the local donut shop,

Leaving from the Sugar Shack,Franklinton, LA
Leaving from the Sugar Shack,Franklinton, LA

The Sugar Shack. What a great place for breakfast and pastries, they even had a drive-thru window. We tried the bacon, egg and cheese biscuits, sausage rolls, cinnamon rolls, etc. Kim bought out the rest of the pastry items in the shelf I think. She wanted to be sure that she had enough for the next few days.

The owner sat with us and shared his story and that of his partner who has worked with him for many years. These guys have a great business and also an additional restaurant called the Caddy Shack where they serve dinner meals on the weekend. If you are ever in Franklinton, be sure to check them out. As one reviewer stated, their food is “like Momma used to make it”.

The cyclists left after this grand breakfast and headed towards Bogulusa with a final destination of Poplarville, MS.  It was just a short ride today, 42+ miles – as I said on FB – it was “a walk in the park”. The roads were straight and the cyclists stuck to the main highway, Route 10 and 26(number changes once they crossed into Mississippi).

From Franklinton to Bogulasa - Route 10
From Franklinton to Bogulasa – Route 10
Pines and clouds
Pines and clouds

This route was suggested by the locals; however, there wasn’t much of a shoulder and lots of heavy truck traffic. They crossed the Pearl River

Pearl River separates Louisiana and Mississippi
Pearl River separates Louisiana and Mississippi

and then stopped at the first sign for the state of Mississippi (two signs with photos)

First Mississippi sign, as soon as you cross the Pearl River
First Mississippi sign, as soon as you cross the Pearl River
Second Mississippi sign about a mile from the first
Second Mississippi sign about a mile from the first

and headed on to Poplarville, arriving by noon. Like I said, it was a short ride.

We are camping for the evening at the Haas-Cienda Ranch RV park, a small, family-run park out in the country. The owner’s horse is right behind our campsite.

Behind our campsite - Haas-cienda Ranch
Behind our campsite – Haas-cienda Ranch
Campsite at Haas-cienda Ranch - Poplarville, MS
Campsite at Haas-cienda Ranch – Poplarville, MS

Dinner will most likely be at Perry’s Seafood Restaurant in Poplarville – cooks’ night out! (I checked the menu and they have some Kickin Chicken – those who know me know that I don’t like seafood.)

Tomorrow’s destination is hopefully Van Cleave, MS. Three more days with good weather and we should be in Pensacola – wow, hard to believe we have come this far.