We worked our way across Louisiana sampling fried oyster po’boys and continued that research in Mississippi. Our standard version from the Sea Salt at Minnehaha Falls stands up well in this competition.
For our biking component, we rode the Longleaf Trace.
This is South Mississippi’s premier running, biking, hiking, equestrian trail. It is a beautiful linear park, 41 miles long and fairly flat (a rails-to-trails conversion), extending from Hattiesburg (elevation 220′) through Sumrall (290′), Bassfield (460′), and Carson to Prentiss (336′). It was a long time ago that we rode the trail at Frisco, CO, starting at 9,005′ and going to 9,121′. That was higher, hotter, and harder, although the Longleaf did have more ups and downs.
The trail was about the trees and they took the trouble to tell us what they were. Unlike the typical rails-to-trails trail, they weren’t just 25 year-old volunteers that always grow along abandoned railroads.
Who knew pines had leaves, long or otherwise?
We found an interesting restaurant, no idea now what it was called, but liked its food (fried oyster po’boys and grits aren’t just for breakfast) and its attitude:
“If you’re not served in 5 minutes, you will be served in 8 or 9, maybe 12. Chill.” “Children left unattended and running will be towed away at the owner’s expense.” “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Pants, No Service.”