Dinner last night and breakfast this morning in dueling family-owned restaurants. Tablecloths and cloth napkins in both places. Dinner was a combination of plated entree and family-style side dishes. It was essentially our third Thanksgiving dinner of the trip, with fried chicken substituting for turkey to go with mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, green beans, cole slaw, sauerkraut (a Bavarian restaurant), as  well as salad and dessert.

Breakfast was buffet style with eggs, sausages, French toast, oatmeal, yogurt, fruits, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and coffee.

Ed told us not to miss the breadsticks at a convenience store about 35 miles into the ride, so I didn’t.

It drizzzled and misted all night, turning into rain as we were packing up. Everything was even wetter than usual. The forecast was for rain starting at noon at our destination, turning to thunderstorms by 2.

Luckily, it was wrong. While it stayed dark through the morning (I used lights), there was no rain after breakfast. At 20 miles I shed the shoe covers and at 25 miles I shed the rain jacket and turned off my lights.

Roads were mixed, but better than yesterday until we entered Memphis. Either they have no road budget, or they want to make sure through traffic doesn’t blast through town.

Author: halffastcyclingclub

We are a group of friends who ride bikes. Some of us are fast, some of us are slow, all of us are half-fast. In 2018, one of us is riding coast to coast across the US. If we meet Sal Paradise, we'll let you know.

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