I just learned that a friend of a friend was killed a few days ago in Mississippi as he toured from Wisconsin to New Orleans.
In the article it mentioned the highway and the time but not the weather. Anyway, it was "just after 9p.m." Can't imagine what would make me ride on Hwy 61 in that area after dark.
I looked up the area mentioned where the accident occurred. Take a look at the Google map link below. I would think that rumble strip forced him to ride in the travel lane. God how I hate those stupid things. But I would not ride on HWY 61 there regardless. The Natchez Trace Parkway is just a few miles east of there.
The Google Map Link
I did not know this man, but my friend (who cycled to NOLA from San Francisco a couple of years ago) knew him well and is pretty bummed.
I have no idea if the cyclist was running a blinkie or even how miserable the weather may have been. Just imagining that road after dark with a 65mph speed limit on a Saturday night gives me chills.