Day 31: Vicksburg to Rocky Springs Campground - 33 miles
Shorter rest day. Yay!
Day 30: Vicksburg, MS
The Red Riders came together today as a group to hang Christopher “Red” Vogts ghost bike and leave the message to watch for cyclists. We met numerous people in town that were extremely sympathetic and helpful and impressed at the impact Chris had made on so many.
We hope that this memorial helps to bring awareness to cyclists and sends a message to drivers to be alert and aware while on the road.
Thank you to all our friends and family that have supported us along this journey.
Doin’ it REAL Big. Much love. Ride on Red Lion, Ride on.
Day: 29 - Vicksburg, MS - 36.6 miles
Today, the Red Riders reached an important destination, as this was the site where the Ghost bike would be put up. The crew hung out downtown and had a rather restful day waiting for Scott and Loretta to deliver the bike parts and the bike.
Day 28: Rosendale to Vicksburg, MS - 68 miles
After Donut blew out his tire on our way to Roy’s Store, we didn’t think we would need to deal with a second blown out tire…but we were wrong. About twenty miles from our campsite outside of Vicksburg a sound like a gunshot sounded and Kaitlynn’s bike started swerving and slowing to a stop. The back wheel had two giant rips on the sidewall, and the crew was stunned, but snapped quickly into action.
Stick began to sew the sidewall and the rest of the crew gathered materials to try and stuff the tire solid so Kaitlynn would be able to ride the bike unloaded with a sort of “false tire” for the last stretch into Vicksburg.
We also thought about trying to flag down a ride, but since we had gone past a detoured route…we thought the odds of seeing any cars was slim to none. Luck was on our side as a super nice local hunter named Jared and his dog Toby drove by in a huge truck. They offered Kaitlynn not only a ride to the campground, but came back the next day to take her to the city! We wouldn’t have had such a smooth weekend without him! Thank you so much Jared and Toby!
Christopher Crew also helped to save the day. After a quick phone call to him back at Budget Bicycles at home, we had a new set of tires and tubes along with a gift Baggie of random presents ready for Scott and Loretta, Red’s folks, to bring down when they delivered the ghost bike. If you are are going to blow out a tire in the middle of no where Mississippi, this was the best way to do it.
Day 27: Rosendale, MS to Chatham, MS - 59 miles
Roy’s Store! Thanksgiving in a bathroom! Frozen bags and water!