From Poplarville through Van Cleave to Dauphin Island, AL

The team left yesterday (Day 41) from the Haas-Cienda Ranch (Poplarville)

Leaving Poplarville in the fog
Leaving Poplarville in the fog

with a few stops along the way; lunch in the churchyard,

Lunch stop at the church
Lunch stop at the church

then a few water stops (when folks change their jerseys because they are already soaking wet from the humidity). Last night’s campsite was the White Sands campground in Van Cleave. This campground could use a little updating, but it had what we needed, water, electric, and showers. (No internet though).

Once camp was set up, Bill and I took off for the laundromat just down the road from the campground. We settled in with our books and then were surprised by a loud explosion. When we went to look what had happened, a Chrysler 300 was on fire on the road next to the laundromat.

Hot time in the old town tonight
Hot time in the old town tonight

Fire engines arrived and put out the fire, but the car was destroyed. ¬†Exciting times in Van Cleave…

We headed back to the RV with clean laundry and left in the RV for The Shed – a great BBQ place 7 miles south of the campground. I think Kim captured the essence of the place in her photos last night.

Karen, "There better be chicken"
Karen, “There better be chicken”
Bill's favorite part of The Shed
Bill’s favorite part of The Shed

Day 42 began with fog and the team evidently lost their bicycles – NOT – just took their picture next to the fish/duck pond at the campground for a different backdrop.

White Sands campground with duckpond ( and fish and turtle) in the background
White Sands campground with duckpond ( and fish and turtle) in the background
Leaving White Sands, Van Cleave MS
Leaving White Sands, Van Cleave MS

It has been a hot and humid ride today and even though they left a little earlier today, once the fog cleared the humidity rose and the team wilted but cycled on.

Crossing the Alabama/Mississippi line - thanks Pat Connelly for flag correction
Crossing the Alabama/Mississippi line – thanks Pat Connelly for flag correction

 In Dees, Alabama, Kim found a great little shop that sold everything you could think of made with pecans. She bought our dessert for the night, pecan pie Рand some other delicacies. They even had a pecan flavored coffee.

Pecan store where Karen and Kim bought pecans! (but not pecan coffee) Dees, AL
Pecan store where Karen and Kim bought pecans!
(but not pecan coffee) Dees, AL

Cycling down through the bayous and crossing over the BIG bridge to Dauphin Island, the team made it to the Dauphin Island campground before the mosquitoes carried them away. I would have been intimidated to have cycled over that BIG bridge but not this team – up and over they went taking photos along the way.

Crossing the bridge
Crossing the bridge – see the high rise on the left
The Big Bridge to Dauphin Island
The Big Bridge to Dauphin Island
Oil rig in the Gulf
Oil rig in the Gulf

Tonight we are taking advantage of being on the Gulf of Mexico and enjoying some seafood at JT’s Bar and Grill – and hopefully watching the sunset from the deck. Ferry departure tomorrow at 8:30 and Pensacola by late lunch! and we get a day off Sunday for the 3 brothers to have a good time. Mark, get the grill ready!

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