Devon’s First Century! Devon’s First Century!
Monday September 14, 2015 New Orleans, LA -> Baton Rouge: 102 miles Average speed: 12.9mph Time on bikes: 7:56 hours  Booyah Devon does her... Devon’s First Century!
Monday September 14, 2015
New Orleans, LA -> Baton Rouge: 102 miles
Average speed: 12.9mph
Time on bikes: 7:56 hours 

Booyah Devon does her first 100 mile day…. With ease!

We left New Orleans and our new friends Emily and Owen
around 7:00 am. Unfortunately our perfect departure was abruptly delayed due to
a flat tire less than 20 feet from the front door of Owens house! Devon caught
a piece of wire in her sidewall. We quickly got that sorted and opted for
bagels and coffee at a local bagel shop. Once we were finally on the road it
was around 7:30 and we had a great 40 miles of riding on the paved Mississippi
river trail on top of the levee. We also had about a 12-mile an hour tail wind
in the morning and increasing all day!

Riding the levee was so nice! We really got to see a lot of
the city. Once we were off the trail we got on a pretty main road on the way to
Baton Rouge. We stopped for a quick lunch and as we eat Devon made the decision
that we would shoot for a 90 mile (ended up being a bit longer) day as she was
feeling “like we hadn’t bike at all” at 40 miles. She’s getting super strong!
Warming up for the hills ahead! We ended up crusing at about 18mph most the way
to the city

We made it into Baton Rouge around 5. Unfortunately we didn’t
yet have a place to camp or stay so we decided to go to a local coffee by LSU
to see if we could got some info. Right as we walked in we saw another touring
cyclist talking with a guy there! I love seeing other tourists! Her name was
Christina and she was just about to complete riding down the entire Mississippi
river. It was fun hearing about her ride. I really enjoy seeing what other gear
people are using and how they have their bikes set up. As we were talking with
her I got a call from one of the Warm showers people I had contacted. Goldie
said we could stay the night! She was super nice and let us stay in a guest
room. We really enjoyed talking with her and listening to Bon Iver! Just after
Devon and I cleaned up we rushed back into town and grabbed a quick bite to
eat. Now were both extremely tired. Good night!

P.S. tailwinds are the best!

We made a page of “our favorites” for a scrapbook 
that Goldie & Phillip keep about cyclists that stay at their house 🙂

JoeRuscito

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”