The day started out bright and sunny. One problem the temperature was 43F. We rode most all morning into a wind from the NW of 15 - 20 miles per hour. Very chilly requiring as many clothes that I could comfortably move in. As the day warmed up to the high 50s, with the wind at our backs, the clothes were stripped off, then back on again as we approached DeRidder where the thermometer read 46 and that was before the sun went down. The lesson was in layering. The last ride we did the temps were 95 to 105. We learned nothing about layering.
We entered DeRidder looking forward to a motel and dinner. One problem, out of 5 motels in town we were able to get rooms at the 5th one we called, which at time of check-in they only had a couple of rooms left. Who would have guessed that motels in small towns would be full on Monday night. It seems that they are all booked by contractual workers. We had reservations for the 1st two nights but had wanted to have more flexability so no more reservations until St.Francisville. Lesson learned, make reservations. We called ahead for tomorrow night and got the last 2 rooms. Crazy!
Tomorrow morning predicted to be 33.