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French School and Big Ed's BLTs

Mississippi Mud Cake too

To start today's blog, I thought I would throw in a few shots of Koskiousko from last night. We walked the old town and ate at a sports bar named Outfield's there. We didn't get pizza...so we will look forward to that another night.

Day four of riding took us from mile 160 and rode til Mile 214. We are just short of the halfway mark on the Trace. It was an absolutely beautiful morning to ride . The first 20 miles included Wynn, Ev, Greg and me. We decided to ride easy and enjoy the path before the sun got hot. We saw a brown fox, one that looked almost black and also some wild turkeys along the road. There are a few trees starting to turn as well, making this part of the drive, so peaceful. We could hear leaves crunching under our tires. No one was on the road which made riding so easy. We averaged 13.8 for the first twenty miles.

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Then we stopped and had a delightful visit at a place called French Camp and Academy. We met some folks there that really talked and we're so excited about their ministry there with kids of school age. Some of the kids live at the school with house parents, and some attend school from the surrounding areas. We made friends easily with the folks in the welcome center there. We got free samples of homemade bread...fresh from the oven and met the cook. We also me a gal who said her granddaughter was working at Skyview Ranch in Millersburg, OH. This is a camp that my husband worked for when he was in high school and I attended as a kid too. Small world!
One of the men there offered to give us a tour of the grounds. 900 acres with the school , restaurant, conference center, summer camp and retreat centers...and on and on it goes. This is a ministry based school and I actually could see Wynn and I here some time in the future.

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We bought some sourdough bread and an apple cinnamon oat read for breakfast. We also ate at their cafe and had monstrous BLT sandwiches , soup, salad and had to try Mississippi Mud cake for dessert. Now remember, we still have more cycling to accomplish.

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Our next stop was at Jeff Busby Park. It is known as the second highest point in Mississippi. Colleen and Evelyn arrived at this point and said their ponies needed a rest. There was much more climbing this stretch of the Trace and the sun was high. Upper 80's. So the guys carried on another 20 miles and the girls drove up to the high point and hiked a small trail.

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There we other small stops along the way. As we travelled the last few days, there was a nine member group of riders from Texas that we have come across. They stayed in the same hotel last night with us and also were at the Cafe today. They left about 40 minutes before we did...but at the end of our ride today, our guys were working so hard to catch them...they just missed overtaking them, averaging around 19 mph. (But no, they're not competitive! ?)
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So we are again at a hotel, enjoying the pool and getting ready to eat Middie Mashbowls! Yum. This is laundry day so I better scoot and get my clothes out of the dryer for the next couple!

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Love to all,
Brenda and the ponies

Posted by brendagerber07 14:12

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