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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Day 29: Slidell, LA to Gautier, MS

We made it to Mississippi! Apparently Mississippi is the birthplace of American music (according to the sign). If it was up to me, I would change their slogan to "the state with the best roads." On this bike trip, Matt and I have added to the definition of beautiful:


  1. Pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically.
  2. Of a very high standard; excellent.
  3. A stretch of smooth pavement.

Thank you Mississippi for not having bumpy roads and litter/rock covered roads and shoulders!

We got a late start to the day (we didn't start biking until 10am--4 hours after we usually start) because Matt didn't get back from the hospital until 1:00 last night and we had to go and fill a prescription for him this morning. He has some cream stuff that he's putting on his ankle and some medication that he's taking. His ankle didn't get worse today, so hopefully it starts getting better soon!

The ride today was absolutely beautiful! For a lot of the way, we were biking by the Mississippi coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. The sand is so white and fine... I just wanted to go lie down in the middle of it! Alas, we only stopped long enough to touch the sand and snap a few pictures.

We rode 80 miles today. I am surprised we got so far considering our late start.

So we thought it was hilarious that the only quote NBC 33 news took from us was when Matt was talking about weird bugs and dead armadillos. We think it's so neat that they did a news story about us on TV! Here's the link to the story about us:

Happy Birthday Grandma LeBaron! Hope you had a great day today. Thanks for frequently calling us and checking in on how we're doing. We love you!


  1. I think a dead armadillo got tangled up in Matt's beard.

    You're almost done! Way to go!

  2. Hey Amber, you probably dont remember me, but you and charlie babysat for us last year, I saw you and your bro in the gym all the time here at BYU, and you two are setting an excellent example and inspiration for us all. Great job! I am from El Paso, TX and have family in Clint. I'm sorry about what happened in El Paso, with the dog and everything. I hope the best for you two and your cause, sincerely Raul Balderas

    1. Raul! Of course I remember you! That's neat that you're from El Paso; Texas is a great state! Thanks for saying hi and hopefully I'll keep seeing you around the gym in the fall. Hope you're doing well!