Hammond to Slidell

Today was an easy ride of 46.6 miles to Slidell. A lot of the ride was on the Tammany Trace Bike Trail. It’s nice to not to worry about traffic. I met a former ER doc and his wife on the trail. She had a flat tire and I was able to supply a pump so she could make it home. Then a little later, I stopped on the trail and was looking at my GPS and iPhone when I heard a someone way down the path say, “think he’s all right and knows where he’s going?”. I said yes and yes and they laughed. It’s funny how far voices carry. They stopped and we chatted a while. They were shocked when I told them I’d ridden from San Diego and was headed to St. Augustine. Here’s the map from today and some pictures.

After I got to Slidell and ate late lunch at a cajun place, I checked in to the Motel 6. I started updating my blog and my computer was down to 12% and popping up warning messages. Ever the optimist, I called the Best Buy here and the gal said they had the right power supply with the newer connector. I hopped on my bike and used my GPS to navigate to the store. When I turned the corner into the mall, there were no signs for Best Buy and no cars in the parking lot. Dammit! I called them and they said they were in a new location, which was only 3 or 4 miles from my motel. I ended up riding an extra 14 miles today on top of my 46 miles, so I ended up with 60 miles. The good news is the power supply is the right one! It was going to be a pain to keep the blog going using just my phone.

Here’s the maps and some photos:

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A pretty pond at a McMansion.IMG_3682 Boats! Water! Nice change from the pine trees. Look at the 4 story boat garage in the center left of the picture.IMG_3683 IMG_3684 IMG_3685Love the cypress trees with their spooky moss.
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Looking down the Tammany Trace bike trail

IMG_3700 Here’s Barry, the former ER doc. His wife took off as soon as we got her tire pumped up in case it went flat again. They live close to the trail.IMG_3702

I saw these boaters floating around in the swampy area. The guy standing up was their guide and said they should see some alligators on the trip. Yeeesh!

IMG_3703 The part of the trail I rode on was about 12 miles long.IMG_3705 Easy rider, no traffic worries.IMG_3706 IMG_3709 Lacombe has a welcome sign right on the bike trail. Lacombe is where Maya’s parents live.IMG_3711 IMG_3712

The trail closes at sundown and the rangers either raise this bridge or gate it. I couldn’t tell.IMG_3714

IMG_3715 IMG_3716 IMG_3718 Here’s the two guys that were checking to see if I was ok. Richard on the left and Ernie on the right. IMG_3719Started this hamburger joint back in 1901.
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Tomorrow, Gulfport, MS. Leaving Lousiana!

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Hammond to Slidell — 6 Comments

  1. seeing the boats and water are a big difference than what you were seeing when you started your journey, eh? Was Heyoka anxious to see any alligators on the trail? That was nice that you could pay it forward by helping Mrs. Barry out with her flat tire. And again, more nice peeps you ran into making sure you were ok and not lost. So, how is it that you can still pedal across the country if you started the burger place in 1901?

  2. Cajun food now thats what I’m talking about,that looks like a beautiful part of Louisana.I would like to see the aligators also, at a distance.

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