Made it to New Orleans, LA – Down to Gulf yet then , Done!!
October 19,. 2015 – Day 46
Lutcher, LA to New Orleans, LA – 56 miles Total Miles 2,873
Weather 75 degrees, sunny and strong headwind
Today we traveled to one of our final stopping points – New Orleans, after a day off we will make the final push to Venice, LA – the Gulf of Mexico. Our ride today was fairly easy and was primarily along or on the levee road. The hard part was the directions were very screwed up and hard to follow, he kept pulling us off the levee road for no apparent reason and directing us to the adjacent road, also the levee road was under construction in two places and we had to get off and find our way. Of course no directions were given on how and when to get back on.
We finally got to New Orleans/Audubon Park and met up with Peter Hickman, a high school friend of Peter’s. We will be staying with him for a few days. He met us at the park on his bike and then we rode back to his place in Mid City. Peter had to stop at some of the local colleges to drop off some information so we just tagged along. We were on the Tulane and Loyola campuses. Very nice urban schools.
While waiting for Peter Hickman, at one school we were relaxing next to the fully loaded tandem and a college student came up to talk with us and had bicycled across the country last summer and was explaining how much he enjoyed it and the great adventures he had. After talking for awhile he suddenly said “oh crap I have to go I am going to be late for class” and off he went. He even offered us a place to stay if we needed one for the night – he said he lived off campus in a house and had lots of room. He was familiar with Warm Showers and had used it on his trip.
We then headed to our home for the next two nights – Peter’s house in Mid City- it was great to just follow Peter and not have to worry about directions!! We got in showered and went out to dinner.
Tomorrow is a day off and then we head to Venice, LA and the Gulf of Mexico to officially end our trip!!.