By Ben |

Today's ride was upwards of 40 miles, so I budgeted the whole day for it.  Fortunately I slept soundly and woke refreshed an hour before dawn.  I was on the road before sunrise and reached my lunch stop, Rayne, before they had started serving lunch, so I just rode on.

A solid night's rest must have made all the difference, because I reached Opelousas at the unheard-of hour of 2:00!  The campground shown on my map was a city park.  It's not really set up as a campground, but they'll let me use the showers in the football stadium, and if I need a restroom in the morning before the park buildings open, there are convenience stores and things in the neighborhood.

44.0 mi