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Muddy Roads


tl;dr: I end my short weekend through the mountains in Russelville.

Rain began not long after it got dark. Then it rained all night. Constantly. Without stop. It was impressive. This resulted in soft roads. Fortunately, it was mostly down hill today. Unfortunately, I had to ride the brakes because it was cold, the roads were slimy, and going too fast caused mud to sling all over my head.

My prediction of too many houses was definitely wrong. These are lonely roads. All the time I spent on dirt roads today, I only came across a handful of houses and camps. I met even fewer vehicles. Actually, I found more cemeteries. That makes me wonder what sort of community these hills once supported.

At one point I came across a turkey and some turkey vultures. Just hanging out. Enjoying a fresh road kill armadillo.

When I finally reached a small town in the early afternoon, I dumped my water bottles and filled up at a church spigot. Yuck, sulfur water! I dumped perfectly good rain runoff for this?

I ended the day at a Motel 6 in Russelville. Tomorrow I need to bike a few more miles to another motel, but I figured I'd take advantage of cheap.

just packed up tent

good morning Richland Creek Wilderness

muddy roads

Richland Creek


Highway 16

wild pig

creek crossing

down this mountain and up that one

time to fill water bottles again

some rocks

Illinois Bayou

not wild pigs

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