New Iberia, La EXTRA

Got a shower, some sleep and more fluids and then got lost driving to New Iberia. A few valiant Spaniards from Malaga, Spain came over in 1779 and stayed. The downtown was very cool. 







The church. 


The radio station. 


The band. 


Home tomorrow. Peace out Namaste Tres 

Day 3-Cycle Zydeco-Breaux Bridge to New Iberia, La-35.5 miles. 

I awoke with my stomach a little cajuned. Rich had gotten their car last night because he had a bad cold. Chrysa and I were to ride and meet Rich in New Iberia. I did not have a ton of gas but wanted to go and did. It was another beautiful day but WINDY. I started out in front and realized I was not in my best form. In Bayou Teche. 


A mansion house before St. Martinsville. 


SAG, bayou and church in St. Martinville.





I was feeling a little better after the SAG. Chrysa really pulled, see featured image, when I could not. 


I was needing to stop more and at 35.5 miles I was all in. Rich came and got us. I got my car and will go into New Iberia after some intensive restfulness. Drive home after breakfast tomorrow. Depending on New Iberia may attach a late add on to this post. Happy trails Namaste Tres

Day 2-Cycle Zydeco-Sunset to Breaux Bridge, La.-48 miles

A fairly quiet night at the hotel EXCEPT for a fire alarm at 12:25 am. Three years ago same thing happened on C2C 2016 in Opelousas. A side note we had dinner with some local cycling people on C2C and they planted the Cycle Zydeco idea. We are to shuttle to campground and begin riding. The building at the campground is a cock fighting arena. 



It was a beautiful day and my favorite expression, chamber of commerce weather.


Windy at us and behind us on a twisting and turning route.


A member of the tribe. 


1st SAG is in Leonville. Rich had a mechanical problem with his seat post and still did not feel well. 


Next stop was Bayou Teche and Arnaudville. 




We had a brewery SAG at LA 31. 





More open road and into the levee. 



Crayfish farm.







Into Breaux Bridge. Great town. Shrimp and Grits. 




More Music. 



Peace out Namaste Tres

Day 1-Cycle Zydeco-Lafayette to Sunset La-36 miles

It was raining when we woke up and we had a plan to hangout until the weather cleared at the coliseum where we were to park for the week.



We got to Scott and had coffee. Got to take some clothes off too. 


The rain had stopped and the day got nicer. 





Grand Coteau, La. 


A quick roll from there to Sunset, La. Duck and Andouille gumbo with rice. 


Night next to Evangeline Downs racetrack and casino. Camp at Sunset looked real soggy. Weather to improve for tomorrow. We were really pretty luck today. Peace out Namaste Tres

Day 0-Cycle Zydeco-Lafayette

We awoke to learn that the storm from Texas would be in Lafayette tomorrow about roll out time. Stay tuned. Rich, Chrysa and I went to registration and it was in the old U of L gym. 


Rich needed to take a break and Chrysa and I did a 14 mile urban ride around Lafayette and the university. 


The Cathedral of St. Jean. 


We got a little turned around but we ended up at a French settlement, Vermillionville. 


Some pics. 












We had gumbo, fried chicken, mustard greens, red beans and rice, corn bread, iced tea and bread pudding at the cafe in Vermillionville. Back on the trail to U of L. 

 

Got back for Zydeco. 


More tonight. Peace out Namaste Tres

Pensacola to Lafayette

I had a late roll out on purpose because my drive was shorter. I got across the rest of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi fairly quickly and it was very interesting. No pics really kind of too busy driving. Decided once in La. to go to the Tabasco plant on Avery Island. My route changed and put me on 90 in Cajun country. What a cool drive. 


The route had an oversized load with a Louisiana state trooper driving behind in the left lane for 50 miles or more. Got out to Avery Island just to see the store but no factory tour. The grounds were really cool. 





I went to the Jungle Garden entrance. 



Rich and Chrysa are en route and Cycle Zydeco starts tomorrow. Peace out Namaste Tres

Pensacola on the way to Cycle Zydeco in Lafayette, La

I did some work on the way out of town and began driving to Pensacola. It’s about 500 miles from Ruskin. I stopped in Monticello for gas and saw one of Bubba’s pink directional arrows. The tribe had just been through a few days ago. I saw the Dairy Queen, I stopped at on C2C in 2016 as I drove into Pensacola on I-10. Pensacola is really nice. My hotel Sole Inn.


I learned at the front desk the AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos were playing at home against the Mobile Bay Bears. 


Beautiful stadium right on Pensacola Bay. 


Fish and chips at the ballpark. Nice people and a great time. Slept and slept than did the 1 hour urban ride around on a sleepy Tuesday morning. Palafox, the main drag, intersected Wright St. and it Church row. 


Went up to Jackson Hill neighborhood. 




Downtown and the commission.





Peace out Namaste Tres

SANTANA-Al Lang Field, St. Pete, Florida-April 18, 2019. 

I had joined the Santana Fan Club and was able to get pre sale tickets for this show. I was able to buy 4 and asked one of my best friends and wife to come. We were 2 rows from the stage. Great Italian dinner at Grazzi. Commish to come later. 



The maestro came out jamming with Soul Sacrifice. Woodstock film on screen.



It was an amazing show and Carlis Santana’s band was top notch. The maestro is a living legend. 




A Love Supreme. John Coltrane. Got Coltrane and Santana. WOW!




The show was a super mix of old and new. 



Carlos Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackmon. She was great. 


The maestro has a new album coming out and expect it to transcend genre and age group. What a show. 





Santana twice in 6 months. Peace out. Namaste Tres