We had a very early start (6:40 a.m.) to try to beat the afternoon rain and thunderstorm.
Even though neither Mississippi nor Alabama’s DOT’s believe in shoulders, we had the best day ever! We had a wonderful day in the saddle – everyone’s legs are accustomed to 88 mile jaunts with 2,000 feet of vertical. We enjoyed open country roads with no traffic.
We had lots of dog encounters which included further sprint training and water bottle sprays and our pepper spray was not utilized, yet. Some of the dogs wouldn’t give up – we had a few that chased us upwards of 300 – 400 yards! The really scary encounters are when the dogs don’t bark at all, they come up on us stealthy-like and we have to begin our sprint when we luckily see them out of the corner of our eye.
We did get rained on this afternoon, but we beat the big thunderstorm by about 20 minutes, which came just after we arrived in Mobile.
We showered and then met my sister and brother-in-law, Joanie and Dale Grant, for dinner. Joanie and Dale graciously drove 5(+) hours from Atlanta to meet the team for dinner in Mobile, AL. We had a wonderful dinner at Dauphene’s and enjoyed 3 of the 4 bottles of wine that they brought for the occasion. Enjoying their wine tonight was a real treat; we will see how this goes for tomorrow’s early morning start! Thanks very much Joanie and Dale for making time for this brief reunion and a wonderful dinner!
The team at Dauphene’s was fantastic and surprised us with a special dessert plate and message for the rest of the RAA. Thanks Dauphene’s for a great evening and the well wishes.
Baptist Church count at 80.