Tomorrow I'm doing this ride and I'm a little nervous about it. The terrain will be crazy, it's my first big group ride and it will be the longest I've ever ridden. If nothing else I'll have a great story to tell and some great photos to post. If the weather holds up I think it's going to really be quite an experience.
Kenny's New Orleans Adventure Tour Sat Jan. 28
From Kenny Bellau
Come to Audubon Park at the Magazine Street. entrance at 8 a.m. sharp for a
tour of New Orleans like you've never experienced.
On Saturday, Jan. 28 I will be hosting a tour of New Orleans' most impacted
areas, including Chalmette. This will be an easy ride of about 60 miles with
several stops along the way, expect 4 hours or less. The pace will be
typical (or what is supposed to be typical) for a winter ride ... strictly
small ring. We will stop at several significant places, levee breaks and a
couple of flooded homes with commentary by myself and others that have
first-hand knowledge, personal loss or riveting stories. People from outside
the area are especially welcome and encouraged to come. I can promise that
this will be educational and unforgettable to anyone who participates. Even
if you live(d) in New Orleans, you should join us for this memorable ride.
It is guaranteed to give you a greater understanding of the scope of
Hurricane Katrina and you will see and touch things that some bus tour can't
What you will need for this ride:
1. Good tires! I've been riding in these areas a bunch lately and have yet
to get a flat, but my tires are brand new. There is a lot of glass on the
roads. Tube, pump, etc. highly recommended.
2. A camera.
3. Scruffy shoes: We will get off the bikes and walk up to at least one
levee break. It is rocky and rough and your best shoes and cleats might make
you think otherwise. This is really something you should see up close.
4. Entry fee: Write public officials from other states. Forward your
pictures to out of state friends. Get the word out how bad our politicians
screwed up and how they continue to screw up. Just go home and talk about
Time and Place:
We will meet at the Magazine entrance to Audubon Park across Magazine from
the zoo. There is plenty of parking and bathrooms there. We will leave at
8 a.m. sharp! We should be back to the park before noon.
*This ride will be in the city on city streets. We will be expected to obey
all traffic laws. Basic bike handling skills will be useful. No one will be
left behind, but you should be able to ride comfortably in a pack. We will
also be going over a very big bridge with expansion joints and we will need
to be careful. At least one of our stops will have drinks, Clifbars and
bananas and we hope to have at least one follow vehicle (that position is
still open). Also, anyone is welcome to follow in their car and join in with
the discussion. This is a "ride at your own risk" event and is not
sanctioned or sponsored by anyone or any organization.
Please set this date aside on your calendar and come to New Orleans for a
truly memorable experience.
Hope to see you at the park...