Live Free or Drive

8+ ans de cyclcotorisme dans les etats-unis avec Drew Nowhere - laissez les bon temps rouler...

LA 23: painfully flat and boring.

Took a crack at a solo 200 km day ride and knocked it out better than expected - actually made 140 miles and kept a meaner pace than I anticipated. Toothless felt like the way to go for this “end of the road” victory shot.

Took a crack at a solo 200 km day ride and knocked it out better than expected - actually made 140 miles and kept a meaner pace than I anticipated. Toothless felt like the way to go for this “end of the road” victory shot.

Summer is over and more long rides are bound to linger past dusk and into the dark. Having already destroyed two fancy rechargeable LED headlights in the last few years (don’t leave them in the snow) I’m stuck with frumpy commuter lights till I can afford one of those ultra classy SON generator hubs (2015 might be the year…). That being said, commuter lights always seem to interfere with my handlebar bag/ seat post bag/ fender/ rack arrangements but by cutting some extra handlebar sections and bolting them to my racks I won’t have to compromise cargo OR riding hours this fall/ winter.

Life update: insanely excited to be moving to southern California in 4 weeks! Seems like a RUSA membership, hella mountains, and a burly series of brevets is in my future. woooooooo.

That moment at the end of yer ride when you realize you forget to resume yer Strava and lost beaucoup miles but its OK because passing up aero-bar clenching roadies on yer touring bike, in a headwind, rocking frumpy cutoffs on a long post work ride is a pretty good consolation prize.

That moment at the end of yer ride when you realize you forget to resume yer Strava and lost beaucoup miles but its OK because passing up aero-bar clenching roadies on yer touring bike, in a headwind, rocking frumpy cutoffs on a long post work ride is a pretty good consolation prize.

Three moments from a quick out’n back to Louis Armstrong Intl Airport.

When there is a brewpub, trailside, 75 miles into the ride and the beach/ camp is less than 15 miles away? I believe a stop is imminent…

When there is a brewpub, trailside, 75 miles into the ride and the beach/ camp is less than 15 miles away? I believe a stop is imminent…

Not a bad spot to end a ride.

Not a bad spot to end a ride.

As a closet hippie public springs with purportedly dope water speak to my inner granola fiend. This one in Abita Springs, LA made me miss Olympia.

The Tammany Trace is a 27 mile rail trail running just above the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain. It’s quiet, shady, and terminates rather smartly near Abita Springs where one can gorge from the public spring or the trailside Abita Brewpub serving many Abita beers on tap.

Impromptu snack shack at the Rigolets.

Impromptu snack shack at the Rigolets.

I love riding the Paris bridge over the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (tiny blip in bottom photo) the view up there is awesome and I like the terrifying lack of shoulder. Every so often I remember to sign in at the riverside guardrail.

$2 well spent at Fontainebleau state park.

$2 well spent at Fontainebleau state park.

During the week I cook fine dining. On an overnight, day ride, or tour? Novelties. Moon pies and coffee in a can please.

During the week I cook fine dining. On an overnight, day ride, or tour? Novelties. Moon pies and coffee in a can please.

The state park wanted $20 for a camping spot. I went across the street and pitched my tent just outside a baseball field. Not only did I save some money, there also weren’t any campers around to complain about the pant-less guy breaking down his tent at dawn…

The state park wanted $20 for a camping spot. I went across the street and pitched my tent just outside a baseball field. Not only did I save some money, there also weren’t any campers around to complain about the pant-less guy breaking down his tent at dawn…