Monday, February 8, 2010

A Day of Needed Rest

Rest Day in DeRidder, LA
Day 96

Today seemed like a very good day to take a rest. With four 70 plus mile days behind us, we were feeling sore and low on energy. We took the day off to catch up on some much overdue laundry and on our blogs.
We slept in awhile and enjoyed getting up slowly. We went into back into town a few miles to get some breakfast at a little cafe and to make a stop at the grocery store. Then we did our aforementioned laundry and blogs. Mostly we just took it easy and wondered if it was going to rain today. The forecast called for rain this evening, which was another reason we thought we might just hang out here another day.

Eventually we went back into town to eat supper around 6:30. Still no rain. As soon as our food was delivered to the table I heard a noise on the roof and ran outside to find the rain pouring down and soaking our leather saddles again. Mine is so wet I think it might be ruined. When we finally got up the gumption to leave, the rain started coming down even harder. We suited up in rain jackets and pants and walked our bikes the few miles back to camp. Dani found her sleeping bag wet inside the tent. The sleeping bag was pushed up against the screen on one side of the tent where the water slashes off the ground and drips through the screen into the tent. Hopefully the rain stops sometime soon. There is no way to keep things dry here in the rain. As soon as rain starts, the ground becomes saturated and water stands everywhere. Hopefully we can get some sleep tonight.


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