I have just had a couple of the most enjoyable days I have spent in a long time. A British cyclist named Gordon Taylor posted several months ago about a planned tour across the U.S. and on around the world. I offered him a place to stay, do laundry, etc. Gordy arrived mid-day Wednesday. Rainbabe and I convinced him that after 12 days averaging over 70 miles/day he needed a rest day. He was hesitant, but after sleeping 11 hours straight decided that a rest day was, indeed, a good idea! We had a great time roaming around New Orleans a bit and sampling some of the local delicacies - garlic oyster po-boys, grilled shrimp po-boys, king cake (it is Mardi Gras season, after all), cafe au lait and beignets (fried square "do-nuts" with powdered sugar). We had so much fun it was hard to see him go.
So here is the point of the post. It is NOT to solicit places to stay. However, it occurred to me that it might be reassuring to have people along the route that would be willing to lend a hand in case of emergency. He will basically be following the Adventure Cycling southern tier route across the U.S. From New Orleans Gordy will be passing through the towns listed below. In general, the route runs more or less parallel to Interstate 10, generally about 30-50 miles north, sometimes dipping south. If you live within reasonable driving distance of the route and would be willing to be on standby, again, just in case of emergency, please drop me an email at RainmanP@att.net. Don't send me a phone number right now. Just let me know where you live. As Gordon gets closer to your area I will ask for a number.
By the way, if you want to follow his progress you can check his website at
Here are the towns the Southern Tier route passes from here west: