We left Austin with the intention of cycling to New Orleans. Truck traffic, a total of 5 flat tires, and rain prevented us from cycling the entire distance. However, as planned, we rode along the Mississippi Bike Trail into Crescent City! A few angels from airbnb & Warmshowers helped make that dream come true. I will never forget the kindness that Igor, Susan, Rachel, & Dale showed us in supporting our adventure. THANK YOU!!!
After the Texan traffic, cycling along the Mississippi on a bike-only dike trail was a joy & a reiief. The weather was perfectly sunny & warm, the distance & speed leisurely, and our arrival like a heroes welcome.
William was our host: a professional sailor who lived in a very nicely renovated shotgun-style home. The shotgun style denotes a narrow, rectangular home with one room after the other and is typical of NOLA.
Architecture was a surprising highlight in New Orleans: the quaint shotgun homes, the airy Creole townhouses in the French Quarter, and the magnificent mansions on Charles Ave.