Live Free or Drive

Only original photographs with a love for pedal power

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. 

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Day rides to NOLA East. 

4.20.14 

Day rides to NOLA East. 

Bike rides out to New Orleans East are always the jam. First of a three part day riding/ photo series looking at this weird little pocket of the Crescent City that I love.

Tandem dog ride to the chime tree at New Orleans City Park. 

Roscoe and the Cutty Wagon. 

NOMAMBO Trail in Norco, LA outside New Orleans. 

Elevated view of New Orleans on a day ride to Lincoln Beach for swimming in Lake Ponchartrain. 

Elevated view of New Orleans on a day ride to Lincoln Beach for swimming in Lake Ponchartrain. 

Tall bike rides with Roscoe dog/ Shiner Bock lounging at Bayou St. John.

Tall bike rides with Roscoe dog/ Shiner Bock lounging at Bayou St. John.

Stealing this photo from my boo in LA since my last roll of film came out fucked and it’ll be a week or two before I get any new photos back. Thanks Spencer - I’m dedicating my next 24 exposures to taking cute photos of Roscoe and I on yr’ cutty whip.

Stealing this photo from my boo in LA since my last roll of film came out fucked and it’ll be a week or two before I get any new photos back. Thanks Spencer - I’m dedicating my next 24 exposures to taking cute photos of Roscoe and I on yr’ cutty whip.

Really amped 21 year old me is an incredibly easy to find stock photo on Getty Images. Just found this today and it makes me miss that amazing Schwinn Paramount with the Columbus tubing and Dura Ace parts! 

Really amped 21 year old me is an incredibly easy to find stock photo on Getty Images. Just found this today and it makes me miss that amazing Schwinn Paramount with the Columbus tubing and Dura Ace parts! 

Bicycle fishing season is coming up again in New Orleans. Took a day ride out to Chalmette with the gear, but the bait shop isn’t open until next week. Saw a gator, pack of feral pigs, and earned a mean sunburn while picking sea snails (periwinkles) and mussels. 

Bicycle fishing season is coming up again in New Orleans. Took a day ride out to Chalmette with the gear, but the bait shop isn’t open until next week. Saw a gator, pack of feral pigs, and earned a mean sunburn while picking sea snails (periwinkles) and mussels.