Day Six: New Orleans to Palestine, TX

September 2nd Miles 1600 to 2050 Well looks like I indeed did not make the 7 o’clock departure time that I had originally wanted to aim for. I did wake up at about 6:30 though to go to the bathroom but then thought that it would probably be safer to keep sleeping off the night before. When I finally did wake up, it was to one of the people who ran the hostel standing next to my bed because they didn’t know who checked me in and it was just about check out time. So I groggily got up and started scrambling to pack so that I could make it to my friend Bouie’s place, about 450 miles away in Palestine, Texas. Paul, the Texan I had met the night before, and I had talked about maybe driving together for a while since we were going in generally the same
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Day Five: New Orleans

September 1st Miles: 0 Took the day off today to explore new Orleans a little bit. Unfortunately I was never able to get together with my friend who lives in Baton Rouge, only an hour out of New Orleans. The hostel I managed to find though was really great, the AAE Bourbon House Mansion. It was quite big, the staff were very friendly and helpful (helped me store the bike in a little side alley as well as let me hang out during the day when I still wasn’t sure if I was going to spend another night), great location near a walmart and within walking distance to the French quarter, they also have two great common areas one with a computer and tv with free wifi and the other was an outdoor patio complete with a pool table, and best of all, free pancake breakfast in the morning! As
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Day Four: Horse Cove Campground to New Orleans

August 31st miles Miles 920-1600 I forgot how cold it can get in the mountains! Had to put on extra gear this morning when I set out to stay warm. Other than the cold though, it was a nice ride with plenty of windy roads left through the mountains especially nice as the fog hadn’t lifted yet. One of the things I really like about these kinds of rides across the U.S. is that you get to see how the terrain changes. Today I went through Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. So in one day there were the big mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina which started to flatten out in Alabama until I dropped down into the Pearl River delta with wetlands and eventually the Gulf Coast. Since this is my first time to New Orleans, tomorrow I’m going to take the day off. Staying in a
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