Alexandria: the Bayou Brew crew, and ch5 KALB news
Jan 08, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
Where I stayed
Leesville, Walnut Hill RV park
I woke from from Catahoula, strove toward Texas. Stopped shy of Alexandria at a coffee shop, Bayou Brew, because it posted free wi-fi. Turns out to have swell coffee, and the wonderful retinue of salespersons there were ready for some good, open hearted, southern conversation! I told them about my trip and all and they told me about the path toward opening their own coffee shop, former S$ managers. With news of my journey, they felt the urge to call up to TV news channel 5 of Alexandria and have them send a fellow out to do an on location shoot. There was an interview and everything! Chris, was the station members' name, and he took some vid. and said they would like to follow this trip, maybe! So I am going to try to post with better results, sike! Anyway, the Bayou Brew co. let me try a variety of their special little creations before sending me on my way, and they wished me luck with prayers. I pedaled with psychotic fervor, until accidenetally winding up on the freeway loop in the middle of Alexandira, but exited quickly. Amidst the one way streets of downtown, and the sprawling nature of the older burbs, I got a bit turned around, couldn't find the westward HWY28. But of course corrected the problem, and carried on into a stiff head wind making slow but steady progress. The terrain was stark paper flat, so I rode, and rode. I was just about disgusted with Louisiana when the redeemer came in the form of a brand new RV park with heated shower area AND laundry right as the sun dipped below the horizon, aloong with the mercury. I quyickly put the tent up, and got super wet for like and hour in the shower! I would shower again in the morning, but before that would come a miserable stuffy headed, runny nosed, sneezy sickness would come over me in the night. I would wake, as done the morning before in Catahoula, at like 5AM and some change to prep for leaving and shower again to ward off my cold. The saddest of the Alexandria to Leesville chronicle must have been when I melted a small hole in my sleeping bag after cooking some cornmealy paste for breakfast. Riding into Texas comes with the oncoming day, and It will prove ludicrous in demeanor.