Considering bicycle travelers’ reports from the Southern Tier Bicycle Route in the Deep South, a roadside sanctuary would be a good thing for bicyclists as cross between the states of Mississippi and Louisiana.
One bicyclist at Lost on 2 Wheels wrote about how the “mosquito thing is getting really old really fast.” He said that he spent more time swatting, spraying and scratching than he did riding his bike.
Another, ThreeWheelJourney on YouTube, complains about being chased by 10 dogs a day in southern Mississippi.
The mayor of Bogalusa, Louisiana, knows how important the happiness of touring bicyclists can be to his town of 12,000 that sits right across the Pearl River from Mississippi. That’s why the city is creating a rest stop for bicyclists.
The Daily News of Bogalusa says the city recently moved the historic library building to a site on Louisiana Highway 10 at Lake Vista, right where the Southern Tier Bicycle Route passes through Washington Parish.
Mayor Charles Mizell told the newspaper:
“When we moved the old library to Lake Vista we were aware it was on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route, so we planned to include a rest station for them. We’ll give them a nice place where they can get water, go to the bathroom and rest a while in a beautiful, natural spot.”
Refurbishing of the old building will begin this month.
I’m sure the touring bicyclists will be happy to find a place to escape mosquitoes of snarling dogs. Many will probably stick around to support some of the local businesses, such as Bino’s Seafood or Glynn’s restaurants, the Travis Grocery/Market, or Travelers Rest Motel.
Many other communities on popular bike routes, such as the Trans-America and the Great Allegheny Passage, have learned the benefits of supporting bicyclists who pass through town.
Thanks to Mayor Mizell and the other good folks of Bogalusa for the hospitality.