July 8, 2012 (continued)
The town of Vicksburg is strategically located, with high bluffs on the sides of the river. Confederate soldiers were able to stop Union ships from passing this location, and thus were able to control the Mississippi. A large part of the reason for the battle at Vicksburg was the desire of the Union Army to have free access to the entire length of the Mississippi. This ship was involved in the battle, sunk, and remained underwater for 90 years until someone remembered it, found it and salvaged it.
We spent about 2 Ĺ hours at this battlefield and then left. We headed straight west, though the state of Louisiana and into Texas, stopping for the night in the town of Marshall, TX. The temperature got up to 97 degrees today, but somehow it didnít seem as hot as yesterday. Maybe weíre getting more used to the heat; maybe it was due to a shorter day Ö who knows. What I do know, though, is at our gas stop in the midst of the heat I drank 32 ounces of cold water = so maybe prophylactically hydrating had something to do with it.
Tomorrow we ride to the Dallas area. Our fearless leader wants to start at 4:00 a.m. in order to beat some of the heat. Iím all in favor of beating the heat, BUT Ö 4:00 a.m.?? Wow! Thatís dedication!