Today’s distance / ???????: 38.9 miles / 62.6km
Average speed / ????: 7.8mph / 12.6km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 4h 58m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 1904mi (plus 266mi) / 3065km (plus 430km)
Ascent / ??: n/a
Descent / ??: n/a
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N22.214.171.124, W090.34.11.1
A rather blase day of skating today. Weather was fine, but I spent the day feeling worn out and out of energy. Just one of those days. The roads didn’t help. Below photo is ’nuff said, really.
I spent a little time in the Ponchatoula library updating the website, and made it to Springfield around 4:45pm. I stopped in at the Springfield town hall to ask directions to roads without much traffic and a shoulder and was given the bad news. “You’re in Louisiana,” the friendly staff said. “Not many of those kinds of roads around here apart from the Interstate.”
We did come to the conclusion that I should carry on along Highway 42, that being the lesser of many evils. Don’t be fooled by the ‘highway’ term. They’re all country roads. I left the town hall and headed in the direction I was supposed to.
A few minutes later a vehicle drove past me on the road, stopping ahead of me. It was one of the ladies from the town hall, Denise. “You realise you were supposed to take a left up there?” she asked.
Indeed I had mistaken the road and was heading along Highway 43 instead of 42. Turned out to be for my good however, and Denise invited me to her home to stay the night. “Don’t worry,” she reassured me. “I have a husband!”
So I am staying with the Martin family tonight. Miss Helen, Bill, Denise, Todd, Tracy, Heather, and Bethany. A lively household, a delight to be with. They introduced me to gumbo, a type of Cajun cooking here in Louisiana. Spicy gravy-like sauce with all sorts of goodies in it. Shrimp, crawfish, lobster…excellent…served over rice.
Thank you to the Martins for being such great hosts!