April 27, 2010

New Orleans is best by bike

By Anna | 6 Comments »

I’m currently in Durham, NC.  Anybody live in Durham?  I’m leaving tomorrow morning so it’s not like we could hang out anyway.  I’ve been and will continue traveling the continental US until the beginning of June for work and such, so my apologies for being largely silent.  The Mad Hatter’s Cafe and Bake Shop is providing me internet on this lovely afternoon, as well as tons of coffee and food.

One of my recent trips was to New Orleans, and my travel companion and I brought our bikes.  Really, you shouldn’t go to New Orleans unless you are also bringing your bike along.  You should also be willing to dodge numerous potholes, drunken people, unidentifiable liquid on the street, and dogs.  It was pretty much amazing.

We were recommended ahead of time to check out all the Banksy art.  You know Bnaksy?  He’s great.  This was really a perfect way to see the ins and outs of the city – these beauties were located within neighborhoods as well as on busy streets, and we had to ride quite a ways to view the ones we were able to get to before dark.  Thus, we didn’t get to see all of them, and some that we tried to see had either been painted over (tragic!) or were on buildings that had since been torn down.  One home had been demolished, but the stairs remained.  A good way to remind us of what the city has been struggling through.

Aren’t they wonderful?

The following day we drove over to ride the Tammany Trace.  It was long, flat, nicely paved, afforded woodsy and watery views, and went over one fancy bridge.  But what made this especially great was that it went through Abita Springs, LA. You know Abita?  They make the most delicious beer. Andygator is the love of my life.  Needless to say, we stopped at their brew pub on the way out and back in.  Yum yum yum.

We also ate tons of delicious food (beniets, gumbo, jambalaya, bananas foster, po-boys), walked down Bourbon Street (barf), and hung out for a while at a really great park.  But the biking was the best part.

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  1. On April 27th, 2010 Rob Sayers said:

    I love riding in New Orleans. I’ve only had the chance to ride around downtown/French Quarter area once, but it was so much fun.

    All of the brevets I’ve ridden have started either in the metairie area or on the Tammany trace. South LA has some amazing scenery for riding.

    And now I’m officially craving Cafe Du Monde!

  2. On April 27th, 2010 wle said:

    beats trying to park
    faster for the old crowded parts
    all flat
    not cold in winter [conversely..]


  3. On April 28th, 2010 Mike said:

    I live in Durham! What were you doing in our fine city? Did you see all the cyclists around town? Well hope you had fun, give us a heads up next time and we’ll roll out the red carpet ;) Lots of good food and beer around these parts.

  4. On April 28th, 2010 DC said:

    never heard of banksy- What a tremendous talent, thanks for sharing

  5. On April 29th, 2010 Princess said:

    Whoa! I live in Durham now, and I’m from Louisiana. I also used to hang out at Mad Hatter’s. This post hit home on a lot of levels. Cool! Next time you’re in either town I can let you know where all the cool stuff is!

  6. On May 4th, 2010 Ghost Rider said:

    NOLA rules by bike…it’s crazy to even think of driving around that city — bike or walk (that way you can have an extra Sazerac or three at Napoleon House).

    What was the “really great park”? Audubon? Did you climb the oak trees?

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