Looks like we're gonna move to Wiggins. Have a contract on a home there.
We did some driving around on many of the back roads. They look pretty inviting!
Not flat and straight like here in Florida. I'm going to have to learn to like hills!
Also, US49 and SR67, tho major arteries, have wide shoulders and "Bicycles Share The Road" signs.
SR15 may also be another possibility. I have to check it out.
I will probably stay off SR26 as much as possible; intermittent heavy traffic and log trucks,
but little to no shoulder. I will have to ride it for 200yd or so, but will try to find a time of
day to do that safely.
Southern Mississippi drivers are in for a sight !!
If you move to Wiggins please don't ride on 49. I would hate to read about it. Lots of riders south of you in Hattiesburg. You also have the Long Leaf Trace in Hattiesburg. Its a rails to trails that is ridden by a lot of people everyday. Very good shops in Hattiesburg(Drew) and Jackson(Bike Rack) There are century rides in Jackson and Hattiesburg.
We will be 35 miles south of Hattiesburg.
Gulfport/Biloxi is south of Wigigns.
49 actually has the sighs indicating that bicycles share the road with autos. I know that is pretty meaningless,tho.
Loads of back roads around. I hope they are safe....
I meant north of you in Jackson. I'm a USM grad from 30 years ago. We had a very good training group back then. Some of the "hammers" from back in the day are still in Hattiesburg. Go to Drews shop in Hattiesburg. I think he is calling it Hattiesburg Cycle Center. Plenty of really good road and mountain bikers in your area. Your close enough to N.O. to do their rides. We used to spend all our spare money in college racing in N.O.
There are a whole passel of back roads in Stone County. I will just have to ride them all and decide which ones I like most.
I have been riding straight and flat roads for so long;
I am in for a real shock with the roads in Mississippi: nothing straight; nothing flat.
And I'm the one who said it was time for a change...........
Fears unfounded! There are many, many miles of back roads around Wiggins that offer plenty of great rides!
I DO have to ride SR26 for about 200yds, but, other than 2 hostile dogs, that has not been a problem.
I have met another local rider who grew up here and knows the roads quite well.
I have even met several triathletes from the coast who come thru here on their training rides.
Thee will be a century ride from the Gulfport area coming thru here in early October.
Most of the roads lack shoulders, but light traffic has posed no problems so far.
A lot of chipseal surfaces, but most have been around long enough to have the sharp edges worn down.
And, as mentioned earlier, I have met several dogs to motivate me to work on my sprint!
But..................a sort of "culture shock" is apparent, as I hail from Florida with long, flat straightaways.
Nothing here is flat, nor is it straight.
But, the scenery is beautiful!
I live in Gulfport and plan on riding the metric century on October 5. The event is the Southern Magnolia 100 and runs from North Biloxi up to your area. Do you get down this way often? A few of the members of the Gulf Coast Bicycle Club live and ride up near you as well as many of the Triathlon riders. If you get a chance come ride the Southern Magnolia, it's a fun ride.
I will not be riding in that event this year, as my mileage base has suffered during the 5 month moving project which is finally completed.
However, I may spend some time at the sag in Big Level,King Bee at Cit Bridge Roads. (I'll be the tall guy on the old red Cannondale, probably wearing a Florida Freewheelers jersey.)
As you are doing the metric,I will not see you, and you will miss "the hill" at the south end of City Bridge just before Wire Road.
I have also been told that there is a world-class pro triathlete just south of there.
I may get down to Gulfport for riding in the future.
For now, I am just happy to be here and back on the bike!