I arrived outside of Baton Rouge at a bridge that was unable to be crossed on bicycle. The whole state of LA was really bad to ride a bike in. The drivers were incredibly unfriendly and the roads were without shoulders and littered with potholes and cracks. Maybe there was a reason this city was left off the “OfficialSouthern Tier Route”?
I decided to stay with a host from Warmshowers.org and Unk got a nearby hotel. I stayed with a couple my age getting ready to do a cycle tour of the entire west coast and they were so happy to have someone to talk about touring with! We talked for hours about it, and they set me up on their super-comfy sofa for the night and offered to take me to the facility to speak the next morning.
When I arrived at St. Christopher’s Wellness. I was led outside to speak to group of 10 or so. They were by far the most attentive inpatient group I spoke to and I realized that day it was my 21st time telling my story on the Ride! They asked me all kinds of question after, and it was nice to get a positive response.
After the talk I was led to the front office and did another news interview. I really liked the reporter Graham Ulkins who stuck with me while I did a quick repair on the bike so I could ride it for some video shots. After the interview I got an authentic Cajun lunch at Randy's Montalbano and the folks there were very interested in the ride, as they had some family go through some recent issues.
After the meal I set out on the road for a short ride, as I had gotten a much later start than anticipated. I arrived in Almite, 200 miles from Mobile, where I was to speak all over the city in a few days. I ordered a pizza and watched one of my favorite movies of all-time “Walk the Line,” and called it a night.