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Old 02-08-11, 08:39 PM   #1
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Beignets or Bonk

Hammond, LA to the French Quarter via Mississippi River Trail. 71 miles

Nice day for a ride. 38 degrees at clip in, got up in the 50s today without much wind.

Crappy cell phone picture on Burbon Street.


Victory at Cafe Du Monde
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Old 02-08-11, 11:01 PM   #2
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just reward!

i'm gonna take that picture. riding from my moms house (kenner) to cafe du monde is on my list.

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Yeah, baby, that makes a ride worth riding.
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Cool, great ride!
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<puts on sunglasses>

Looks like he got his ... just desserts.

Yeaaaowwww!
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Awesome! Love bengiets at Cafe DuMonde. What route did you take from Hammond?
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I took a ride that started out and Finished at Cafe Dumond! I love New Orleans, rode all through the Treme and the by water, up throughthe warehouse district french quarter and back down magazine to cafe dumond! I'm insanley jealous.
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As Jimmy Buffett once wrote, "the coffee is strong at the Cafe Du Monde/the doughnuts are too hot to touch/just like a fool, when those sweet goodies cool/I eat till I eat way too much."
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Talking about tasty treats is bad enough. Come on now. Do we really have to post pictures too?
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The one thing I really missed about visiting NO is Cafe du Mond and the beignets... thankfully the Jazz Cafe at downtown Disney also makes killer beignets and the seating isn't all sticky and dirty...
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Awesome! Love bengiets at Cafe DuMonde. What route did you take from Hammond?
Old Hwy 51, including the 1/4 mile or so of Interstate (not that bad as there is an extra lane and wide shoulder) to Laplace.
Airline HWY across the spillway (worst part of the ride.... maybe 4 miles).
Apple St (through Norco) from Airline to River Road.
Jumped on the MS river trail near Destrehan.
Got off the trail at the corner of Carollton and St. Charles.
St. Charles ( almost all new paving ) to Lee Circle (more new paving)
Lee Circle to Carondelet
Carondelet to across Canal (all new paving). Now you're in the Quarter.
SAG at Cafe Du Monde
Recovery meal at Adolphos on Frenchman.... Geez no wonder I can't lose weight.
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Love the photo of the treats. I have been having dreams of eating pastries for the last week.
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Next time skip the spillway bridge on Airline. Go down CC road from Airline just before the spillway levee (on the Laplace side) about 3 miles until just before you get to the river levee and turn left. There's a very nice paved road that runs along the bottom of the spillway across to the opposite levee. Its about 100 yards off the river. Nice ride. Then you can ride back on top the levee if you want back to airline. It adds a few miles but its a nice ride and its safer. Great view of the river too...
(PS the road closes when the river gets too high- then you'll be wishing for a kayak!)

I guess the I55 part was near Rudock?
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Next time skip the spillway bridge on Airline. Go down CC road from Airline just before the spillway levee (on the Laplace side) about 3 miles until just before you get to the river levee and turn left. There's a very nice paved road that runs along the bottom of the spillway across to the opposite levee. Its about 100 yards off the river. Nice ride. Then you can ride back on top the levee if you want back to airline. It adds a few miles but its a nice ride and its safer. Great view of the river too...
(PS the road closes when the river gets too high- then you'll be wishing for a kayak!)

I guess the I55 part was near Rudock?
Good advice, I know where CC road is.

Hwy 51 is the old road that runs along side I 55 through Rudock and Manchac. What's strange is you can't access 51 without briefly getting on I-55 (in either direction) just before Ponchatoula. This forces you to ride on the Interstate for about a 1/4 mile. Not that I care but the usual signs prohibiting bicycles and other slow moving vehicles are absent in both directions.

I want to do a ride around Lake Pontchartrain ( the second largest inland body of salt water in the US). At my current level of fitness, this would have to be a two day ride.
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That would be a long ride. Especially without using I10/I12/I55. Which direction would you go? Towards Mandeville or N.O. first?

Getting from Slidell to Metairie would be interesting. You would have to go up Chef Hwy (make sure the bridges are open!) Riding through NO east on Chef is not a good idea, but I don't see an alternative without adding lots of miles.
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That would be a long ride. Especially without using I10/I12/I55. Which direction would you go? Towards Mandeville or N.O. first?

Getting from Slidell to Metairie would be interesting. You would have to go up Chef Hwy (make sure the bridges are open!) Riding through NO east on Chef is not a good idea, but I don't see an alternative without adding lots of miles.
I can go either way. I live in Hammond and have family in the Marigny.

I've never been over on Chef Hwy so that may be a problem
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The night after my ride I ate Cuchon(sp?) Could have died it was so amazing. Pitcher of Abita to go with it.
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You need to drive it once first. Fort Mccomb and Fort Pike (at the rigolets) are worth a side trip anyway if you haven't done the tour.
The neighborhoods at the Eastern end (from Michould Blvd to the high rise is not good). I'd detour down Bullard Rd to Haynes Blvd and along the lake front. That still takes you through some rough sections and deserted sections but misses the worst of it. Bring a few friends with you if you can (Smith and Wesson come to mind...).
I grew up near there and lived in Slidell until Katrina so I'm pretty familiar. If you're serious about it and want to talk PM me.
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OK bbeasley, next time you are in the Big Easy, you need to go to this place in my honor:

http://www.brennansneworleans.com/
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OK bbeasley, next time you are in the Big Easy, you need to go to this place in my honor:

http://www.brennansneworleans.com/
Historian,

I'm in NOLA every week. We hit Brennans a couple of times per year, usually when out of town guests are in. Next time we go, it's in your honor!
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Historian,

I'm in NOLA every week. We hit Brennans a couple of times per year, usually when out of town guests are in. Next time we go, it's in your honor!
Ask them if they still have the bathtub upstairs that Paul Morphy died in.
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Its been years since I've been to Brennan's. Good but pricey. Lots of hole in the wall restaurants that are every bit as good without the overpriced service...

Personally, I'd rather go to Deannie's, Houston's or Drago's.

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Its been years since I've been to Brennan's. Good but pricey. Lots of hole in the wall restaurants that are every bit as good without the overpriced service...

Personally, I'd rather go to Deannie's, Houston's or Drago's.
I'd rather not change my name to Neil Drago. :-)
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Hey, if it meant I could eat their bbq'd oysters all the time I'd change MY name to Neil Drago!
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