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    Wiggins, Mississippi Riders?

    I am beginning to think that there are no cyclists in southern Mississippi.
    Completely struck out in Poplarville and Summit/McComb.

    What about Wiggins??
    Any riders out there?
    I have seen a few routes on MapMyRide, so I know somebody is doing some pedaling..............

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    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 !!

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    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.

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    Welcome to the Forum!
    Do you live around there??

    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....

    Thanks for the tips on rides.

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    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.

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    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...........

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    There is a big mountain bike race in Hattiesburg Sunday the 6th. Just a heads up.

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    Thanks. I was in Florida then. Took a load of stuff up on the 8th, back on the 9th.
    Moving is a LOT of work and $$$$$$$$$

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    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!

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    Hello,
    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.

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    Thanks.
    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!
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    this shows some activity
    http://labs.strava.com/heatmap

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    FINALLY we get a break in the cold/rainy/windy/gloomy weather cycle which seems to have been in effect since before I can remember!
    Back to the roads !!
    South Mississippi winter is not what I expected!
    Much worse than central Florida!
    I hope to be acclimated well enough to tough out the weather by next winter.
    Otherwise, I may need a trainer....(UGH)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronno6 View Post
    FINALLY we get a break in the cold/rainy/windy/gloomy weather cycle which seems to have been in effect since before I can remember!
    ........
    Otherwise, I may need a trainer....(UGH)

    Given the sub 40* rain that has been the norm here so far this winter I am looking at the same choice. Not much worse in cycling than a stationary bike....well, aside from being fat with winter dead legs on that first spring ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone View Post
    this shows some activity
    http://labs.strava.com/heatmap
    I had given the link a cursory look before, but really zoomed in on my area and found loads of new roads to ride!
    Thanks!
    Now, if the weather will just stay nice.............

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    I don't know if this year is abnormal, but the winter weather here isn't the greatest.
    Seems like front after front, and oftimes they stall out on top of the area making for several
    days in a row of less than splendid weather.
    First, it rains.
    Then it gets cold and windy.
    The just windy or just cold.
    And, before we get a nice weather break, the process repeats itself.
    I was not prepared for this.......

    Maybe next year, I'll have to break out the trainer! UGH !!!!

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    This is pretty abnormal. I worked @ Ingalls for several years back in the early 80's, and can recall only one real bout with cold like you've experienced multiple times this year. It's been the worst winter up here in d'Ham as well.
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    I have quite a few routes in the Saucier area. You can look at Map My Ride to see them. I live in NOLA now, so I don't ride them anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
    I have quite a few routes in the Saucier area. You can look at Map My Ride to see them. I live in NOLA now, so I don't ride them anymore.
    Thanks, Paul.
    I have checked Saucier as you said, but I only see 1 cycling route that is an out and back on 67.
    You might want to check your settings to see if you have your routes unlocked for public viewing.
    I have picked up on some rideable roads in my area from the Strava Heat Map!
    You can lead a man to water, but you can't keep him from pissing in it.

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    I grew up in N.O. I thought there was some good riding in southern MS. You can check out the crescent city cyclists out of new orleans and the baton rouge bike club. There is some fine riding in the area between baton rouge and vicksburg ms.

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    Thanks, I will check it out!

    My primary focus is every day riding-leave from and return to my driveway.
    Any route that I can get to, ride,then return from by bike under my own power is my primary focus.
    I have seen many triathletes on roads not far from home, but I feat they are out of my league at this stage
    of my cycling career.
    Maybe after I get back into shape I will be able to hang with some of them till I get dropped on the hills.
    We'll see.............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronno6 View Post
    Thanks, Paul.
    I have checked Saucier as you said, but I only see 1 cycling route that is an out and back on 67.
    You might want to check your settings to see if you have your routes unlocked for public viewing.
    I have picked up on some rideable roads in my area from the Strava Heat Map!

    They are all public. I don't know why they aren't showing up. I was fortunate in that they all started from my driveway when I lived there. Here is my favorite.

    Saucier to McHenry Loop in Saucier, MS, United States | MapMyRide

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    I just returned from SE Texas and logged my 2 whopping rides.
    One was 11 miles w/ altitude change of 46 feet.
    The other was 10.3 miles w/72 feet.
    Then, I rode 15.3 miles in Southern Mississippi and rose and fell 420ft.
    Hmm................

    But, I am really beginning to appreciate the scenery here.
    Now, as soon as I learn to embrace the rolling terrain........(probably when I lose 30-40 pounds !!)
    Time to remove my head from my rectum and get back on the Subway diet tod see if I can recapture any portion of my younger form.
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    Did a pleasant 22+ miler yesterday with 2 new friends from Saucier, about 10 miles from home.
    Hopefully we can do more rides exploring new routes in this scenic area.
    Thanks, Ivan and Sambo !
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    Ivan and Sambo have turned out to be golden!
    Their knowledge of local roads will be extremely valuable.
    Turns out that there are literally miles and miles of lightly traveled back roads that can
    provide routes of about any distance I will care to ride.
    Sambo's brother has even volunteered to provide support for a Natchez Trace tour.
    Can't wait!!
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