From Casino Row to the Middle of a Drag Race
October 11, 2015 – Day 38
Tunica, MS to Cleveland, MS. 84 miles – Total Miles – 2,380
Weather 75 degrees, sunny and headwind 5-10 mph
Tunica has many casinos along the Mississippi River and up in the Tunica Resorts area. When we came into the area from the north the first casino we saw was the closed Harrah’s Casino and all the surrounding hotels, convention center etc. It was very weird riding into the area and seeing these huge building, parking lots, bus shelters etc. – all abandoned. Very eerie, we are not sure when the casino closed but it looked like it had been a while. Unbelievable the amount of money someone lost in that deal and such an eye sore for the community. Evidently the other casinos are doing well and the area is thriving – mainly along the Mississippi River.
We got up early at our small motel in the City of Tunica about 9 miles south of casino row, to hit the road as soon as the sun was up – it was pretty foggy when we got up but by 7:30am the sun was up and the fog burned off – yes!! Today we went off route because there was no where for us to stay on route that was within a reachable bicycle ride. We headed back to Tunica and bicycled thru the historic downtown area – very nice and beautiful buildings. We then traveled along Moon Lake which was really cool with all the Cypress trees standing in the water. There were some beautiful homes lakeside as well. After the lake we headed east away from the Lake and the Mississippi River.
Our off route took us thru some beautiful country and unfortunately some gravel road sections. One section we had to push the bike it was just too deep to actually keep the bike upright – luckily we only had to push for about a mile. The second section of gravel was after lunch and fortunately we were able to ride the bike the three miles.
After the second section of gravel we finally got back on a paved road and are looking down the road and see a group of young men and 5 or 6 really hot cars sitting in the road- as we approached we realized we had come upon a drag race. The guys were nice and I think surprised to see us coming down the road but patiently waited for us to go by before they began their race. After their race they came flying down the road past us at a high rate of speed – Tracy was glad we had pulled over to check the map when they came by – much safer than having them come by us at those speeds as we were bicycling along.
We go into the town of Mounds Bayou and stopped at the local gas station/convenience store for a snack – we ran into some of the guys in the hot cars and lots of locals. They were very interested in our trip and had lots of questions – it was hard to get going again for the last 10 miles. But we finally did and had an uneventful ride to Cleveland.
There was lots of cotton fields to see today and cotton laying along the side of the road and piles of cotton along the road that looked like snow piles.