Live Free or Drive

Only original photographs with a love for pedal power

Took an overnight to Lincoln Beach, the ruinous remains of a formerly segregated beach in New Orleans East on the south shore of Lake Ponchartrain. It was a good dose of bikage, drinks, spliffs, campfires, and southern sun. We saw some shooting stars, heard bounce jams juxtaposed with bird songs, and waded in and out of the lake in between battles with mosquitoes.  

Bike-in camp-out at Lincoln Beach, Lake Ponchartrain, LA. 

Bike-in camp-out at Lincoln Beach, Lake Ponchartrain, LA. 

Saturday May 24th, 2014. Sunset at Lincoln Beach after a quick ride from New Orleans. 

Saturday May 24th, 2014. Sunset at Lincoln Beach after a quick ride from New Orleans. 

Sunset on Lake Ponchartrain. New Orleans East, Haynes Blvd. at LA 47. 

Sunset on Lake Ponchartrain. New Orleans East, Haynes Blvd. at LA 47. 

6:00 PM Saturday May 25, 2014. Bayou St. John, New Orleans. Finally outta work, bike packed, dog fed, ready to make the beach. 

6:00 PM Saturday May 25, 2014. Bayou St. John, New Orleans. Finally outta work, bike packed, dog fed, ready to make the beach. 

summer in the deep south. 

summer in the deep south. 

Throwback redwoods bike tour photo from second west coast tour.
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Avenue of the Giants - Wheret is Drew “Waldo” Nowhere? 

Throwback redwoods bike tour photo from second west coast tour.

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Avenue of the Giants - Wheret is Drew “Waldo” Nowhere? 

Bike rides is nature walks. It’s mulberry season again. Time for taking mental notes on the locations of all the fruitful trees and casually pedaling, picking, and exploring new nooks & crannies of the city while bouncing from tree to tree. The freezer is slowly fillings with bricks of frozen berries to cook into jam and can on a rainy day for the best french toasts. 

Japanese Honeysuckle (Bayou Sauvage - New Orleans, LA) . Bike rides is nature walks. Currently spending all my free time gathering mulberry, jasmine, and elderflower (by hand via bike of course) to preserve my favorite summer tastes in delicious jams and mead. 

Japanese Honeysuckle (Bayou Sauvage - New Orleans, LA) . Bike rides is nature walks. Currently spending all my free time gathering mulberry, jasmine, and elderflower (by hand via bike of course) to preserve my favorite summer tastes in delicious jams and mead. 

Todays destination: the abandoned I-10 interchanges in New Orleans East slowly being reclaimed by the swamp/ woods. Back in the 60’s this huge tract of swampy wetlands was slated to be drained and “developed” into a dreamy suburb of New Orleans. Highway exits were built to connect these future neighborhoods to the distant city, but are now going back to nature. I’m happy to report they are loaded with blackberries and mulberries and the surrounded area is now the largest urban wildlife refuge in the US instead of crappy suburbs. 

Live Free or Drive burned out cars edition. New Orleans East (check the awesome grip of Allium Canadense (wild garlic) coming up next to that Nissan))

Bike rides is nature walks. Elderflower is just coming into bloom around New Orleans and I was so excited I walked 20 feet into a burly blackberry bramble (in short shorts) to pick this lil’ bounty. 

Bike rides is nature walks. Elderflower is just coming into bloom around New Orleans and I was so excited I walked 20 feet into a burly blackberry bramble (in short shorts) to pick this lil’ bounty. 

Sometimes I go outta my way to ride this bridge - one of four spanning the Industrial Canal geographically separating the lower 9th ward and New Orleans East from the rest of the city. This is a train drawbridge adjoining the CSX Gentilly yard which has a special place in my heart because it’s the first place I’d ever been in New Orleans after visiting by freight train many moons ago. 

Sometimes I go outta my way to ride this bridge - one of four spanning the Industrial Canal geographically separating the lower 9th ward and New Orleans East from the rest of the city. This is a train drawbridge adjoining the CSX Gentilly yard which has a special place in my heart because it’s the first place I’d ever been in New Orleans after visiting by freight train many moons ago.