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Old 11-05-07, 06:44 PM   #1
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I Helped a Tourist Today

I was driving from MS to LA today along Hwy 90. The area between the state line and New Orleans is comparatively desolate. The highway cuts a swath through the marsh, so it is very open. I rounded a bend and saw a cyclist pulling a bob sticking his thumb up as if hitchhiking when the vehicle ahead of me passed. I slowed and he held up his thumb. I stopped and asked if he needed anything. He said he was getting his butt kicked by the wind and was not going to make it to New Orleans by dark and in time to meet a friend. I had my truck mounted bike rack in the bed of the truck, so I loaded him up and took him to the outskirts of New Orleans. He told me he was traveling from New Jersey to Argentina and possibly points beyond. As I am new to touring, it was fascinating to chat with him and see how he was set up. His name is Andrew and his website is www.teacherontwowheels.com. His website is worth a visit and there are some good links too. The link to Warm Showers might be of particular interest to some.
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Old 11-05-07, 07:40 PM   #2
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Your a Road Angel, thanks! Touring cyclist need all the luck they can get, and on this day you were it!

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Old 11-05-07, 08:17 PM   #3
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Last March/April I rode through your area on my coast-to-coast tour, also pulling a BoB trailer. I found people everywhere along the Southern Tier to be wonderful and very helpful. On behalf of all of us who tour, you road angels make it all worthwhile! Thanks for being there...

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Old 11-05-07, 08:23 PM   #4
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Hey Paul, I recognized this picture from reading a post he posted here on bf's.net recently. And then here you are rescuing him. Maybe when he gets an internet connection he will read your post.

Here is his post:Two years teaching and riding through the Americas and Africa! Woohooo!!
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Old 11-06-07, 07:43 PM   #5
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Well, I gotta say, that's one of the best-written touring sites I've ever seen. Most of them I skip through, looking for the gold nuggets, but I'm hooked on every word of this one....
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Old 11-06-07, 11:10 PM   #6
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Well, I gotta say, that's one of the best-written touring sites I've ever seen. Most of them I skip through, looking for the gold nuggets, but I'm hooked on every word of this one....
You know it really is a worthwhile site. I admire that young man. It takes some courage to do what he is doing and his cause is noble.
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FYI Paul, you're encounter is blogged in his 11/6 entry.
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FYI Paul, you're encounter is blogged in his 11/6 entry.
I saw that and added a comment. Thanks for the heads-up.
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Thanks Paul! You saved me!

Paul, I never would have made it to New Orleans that night without you! Much appreciated. I always hate to resort to hitching because I feel like I let the wind beat me when I do it, but meeting inspiring, kind people in the process definitely makes up for it!

As a rookie in the cycle touring game, I have been trying to create a touring experience that doesn't revolve around cycling every single mile of my route but instead focuses on what I'm most interested in: Meeting the most people possible and learning as much I can about life, other folks, and the natural world around me in the process. Hitching helps me do this. Cycling helps me do this. It's all good in my book!

I'm glad a bunch of you enjoy the website. I love writing about all the interesting folks I have been meeting on the trip. It takes a lot of time to write and post pictures to the site, but even if it inspires one person to get out there and travel, to jump, I think it's worth it.

With only one month down and a few dozen more to go (and a brain full of first-hand info, advice, and anecdotes bouncing around in my noggin like sugar-lubed toddlers), I can't imagine what the Conversation Gods have in store for me for the rest of the trip.

Whatever comes my way, I promise I'll write about it, take pictures (video is in the works, too), and share what's passed on to me with whomever is interested.


Peace and tailwinds,

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Old 11-07-07, 11:02 PM   #10
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This is a neat thread. I've read Andrews blog a few days ago and now I see it mentioned here. I'm also from Gulfport so this all hits home for me. Pretty cool. Don't think I've ever seen a cyclo tourist before when I lived there. Great job Paul! Good luck with the rest of your tour Andrew!
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Old 11-09-07, 05:54 PM   #11
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It's always neat reading about people who help out cycle tourists. I'm heading west myself. I'm in Perry, Florida right now and heading to Waveland, MS to do some relief work. After Waveland, I'll be riding through your area on the way to Galveston, TX. Hopefully, we'll be able to get together somehow.

If you are going to be in Waveland for a while, be sure to give me a shout. I'm interested in your missionary work and getting some pointers on getting started in touring. I told you earlier that the HWY 90 Bridge over the Biloxi Bay was not complete. They opened one side of the bridge to two way traffic, but have prohibited bicycles. I doubt the legality of the prohibition, but wanted to give you the info I had.
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Hi Paul,

I've been through the area before a couple of times so I know of an alternative route between Ocean Springs to Waveland through D'Iberville, bridge over Popps Ferry Road, to Pass Road, 28th Street, Kiln-Delisle Road, to Kiln, and then down MS 43 into Waveland.

Send me your phone number at pprayers@gmail.com. I'd like to meet you or call you when I get to Waveland to talk about bike touring.
The Bay St Louis Hwy 90 bridge is now open to bicycles. For some reason my computer will not let me send to that address. I'll try sending from work.

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Old 11-12-07, 08:17 AM   #13
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What a fantastic thread, loved reading it, what goes round, comes round... good & bad.
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Enjoyed the teaching whilst touring, cool number..
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