Hot, long day. Merryville to Gardner LA via Leesville, home of Ft. Polk! 79 miles to campsite…primitive no showers. Absolutely NOTHING between Leesville & Gardner. 1 quick stop at bait shop called Ray’s & it was closed! Got 2 bottles of dew & chugged first! No I-net so the wife’s updating blog for me. Sharon’s truck didn’t start this a.m. Chuck left door open & light on & ran battery down. Sharon bought new battery. Give shout out to Willie Harris for helping Sharon by putting battery in at the AutoZone parking lot. Really nice guy, Sharon sez thanks a million!
Beautiful morning ride thru LA forest; light traffic & shaded roads. Then good hills near Leesville. Nice stop at Leesville. Shout out to folks at Stephen Country store! Thanks for the courtesy and support… HOOAH! Leesville to Gardner, long, long way! Straight as a board with rolling hills. Crappy shoulder for 10 miles, Ranger station closed on weekend… No showers, no ac, just roughin’ it with the LA state bird…the mosquito! Got 2 Mt Dew & bottle of H2o from vending at Ray’s near hicks. Water turned to slush when I popped the tip… PERFECT! Ice cold water at the final hour when it was needed most! Would have paid anything for that water! So, 79 miles and last 200 meters to campsite was straight up hill! And I mean like a wall straight up! Makes me nervous about Tennessee and Virginia…Was in lowest gear and it was tough! Ok. Tired and sore. Gonna go lay down now. Let’s see what tomorrow brings!!