Anyone know of any camping sites along the Natchez Trace, near Dancy, MS? Thanks!
In a nut shell; Grocery store, Broadtown bike shop, laundry, showers, gumbo, Lazy Magnolia, bike repair, City Bagel, drilling drop outs, local news channel interview, Broadtown bike shop again, bike repair again, emergency pedal/crank arm rethreading, a camp store that wasn’t a camp store, and on, and on, and on…
We’ve been busy here in Starkville. Couldn’t have done all of this out Ben as our guide. Thanks, Ben!
Tonight, we hit the road for an evening ride towards the Natchez Trace. Camping!!!
We moved slow on day one, letting our legs stretch and get used to the motion of pedaling again.
The first hill we met was a man-made one, a big, sloping bridge over the Black Warrior River and out of Hale County.
We passed through tornado damage in Sawyerville and it humbled us. People on porches wave and kids run out to the road shouting “Bikes! Bikes!” Others look on in disbelief. We aren’t sure if the honks mean “Good job!” or “Get out of the way!” or “I’m coming up behind you!” but we’d like to think it’s the first one.
Our bikes shine, our bags are too heavy, our skin is salty and we are all grinning.
Our two weeks in Greensboro have been a whirlwind of hot weather, late nights, bike grease and loud music. Add a stray puppy to the mix, throw in some good ol’ American beer, tons of new friends, and of course, don’t forget the bamboo. Never forget the bamboo.
We’ll embark this weekend and our scenery will change. We’ll meet new people and we’ll encounter new challenges. We’ll wake at dawn to ride until it gets too hot, and we’ll sleep wherever we find ourselves at the end of the night. We’ll engage in conversations about the power of bamboo to transform economies, environments and communities. We’ll eat a lot of peanut butter, drink a ton of water, and sometimes we’ll ignore the internet. We’ll pedal slow, we’ll pedal fast, and we’ll get sunburned.
And, as the woman behind the counter at Sledge Hardware on Main Street urged us to do, we’ll “learn a lot and have fun.”
Here are some images to show what we’ve been up to. This is a beautiful place full of people with lots of energy, ambition and dedication to their community. We are so grateful to have spent time here. Hope you enjoy.
More soon. We’ll post pictures of the finished bikes, we promise.
We’ve been in Greensboro, Alabama for almost two weeks now, crafting bamboo bicycle frames and building up our bikes. With the expert instruction of Fence from the Bamboo Bike Studio, and the skillful and crucial assistance of Andy Volpe and Mark Wills, we’ve built bicycles and will embark this weekend for a cross-country ride to San Francisco.
We’re so grateful to everyone who has offered their help in making our ride possible, and want to explain why.
We are still in Greensboro, AL finishing up with the bike assembly. This past week and a half has brought us many twists and turns, but we’ve pushed forward as a team, tackling them one-by-one. We’ve been working 16+ hour days and enjoying every minute of it.
We are starting to test ride the bikes tonight, working out adjustments and fine-tuning parts. OMG!
Our departure date has been pushed back to sometime this weekend. We’ll keep you all posted and things. We couldn’t have got to this point without the help from so many amazing people here in Greensboro and beyond.
On another note, Fence left today… and we will miss him.