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Writing more Astrotripping in beautiful Louisiana.
And doing other good things.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Baton Rouge!

OK!!!
Made it to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Barely!
Bike's in ever rougher shape. Now riding without brakes or gears or pretty much anything but a couple of tires!
On the way here, my rear tire and tube got shredded, right in Vacherie, on the Mississippi. Great timing, I got to camp out on the river. The next day, with the shops open, I went to the car parts store, where they very helpfully had a tire and tube of the right size! (On the way over, a "quick" walk to the next traffic light felt like walking to the next town, these streets are hugely long.)
Then, yesterday, I made some cans of beans and corn on a fire, watching the boats go by. Wonderful!
Rode along the river for a while, eating almost constantly. At one point, I came across a few gas stations, and had some fried chicken, rice dressing, and a boudin ball. Also, before I got to Vacherie I had some fried chicken at Popeye's, they had beautiful music and friendly people and "red stick" chicken, which comes from the stick the Tabasco people use to measure their peppers' readiness. I wonder if that has anything to do with the name of Baton Rouge?!?
Crossed a bridge at that gas station juncture. Half the bridge was under construction. The other half had hairy traffic. After a little while, a construction truck came by and helped me lift my bike over to the closed side, as long as I avoided the machinery. Much better riding! It was amazing to cross over the mighty Mississippi river.
The construction equipment put out some interesting smells, some of which I'd never sensed before. Coming down the bridge with non-functional brakes was a scary exercise, and I was thrilled to make it.
Then, I struggled a bunch to figure out which way to go. Found my way to some roads along the other side of the river. At one point, after getting off the river road, I came upon a house with a few residents on the porch.
"How can I get to Baton Rouge from here?"
"Go that way," back where I'd come from, "then turn onto the interstate."
After some explaining, I figured it would be best to follow the river instead.
"He don't wanna use the interstate."
They told me that the levee is the long way, although it gets there.
I rode along the levee, which rises up next to the river, for quite a while. It was spectacular, to cruise alongside the Mississippi. So tranquil, and lovely. One of my favorite rides ever.
After a lengthy ride of peace and quiet, I got to a point where they started to have lots of oil and other industrial plants. Lots of people don't like it, although it does have its own kind of appeal. A little further on, after stopping for a snack, I had a flat front tire.
Uh oh.
Didn't have any spare tubes.
Well, thankfully the wonderful slime product deployed. Saved!
I kept on riding, now with a glorious sunset.
After a while longer, I crossed paths with a pickup truck. I asked the driver how much longer until Baton Rouge.
"25, 30 miles," he answered.
Oh.
That's a long ways.
He offered me a ride, which I accepted. (Someone else had spontaneously offered me a ride to Baton Rouge before I got to Vacherie, although I was enjoying the ride too much then.) We drove there quickly, while we exchanged stories. He has a big farm right up on the Mississippi, they're just now harvesting wheat and planting soy. Everywhere you go, great people!!!
Got into town, met my host here. When I first thought of going through the South, like two years ago, he'd offered to host. After my lengthy detour through Mexico and other adventures, that got delayed a while. It's really amazing now to make this happen anyway, like two years later!
Now writing up the draft of Astrotripping.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Houma, Louisiana!

Continuing on through the bayou, I'm now in Houma. Lots of mosquitoes in the swamp. I'm continuing my slow crawl towards New Orleans. When in the swamp, do as the crawfish do!
Went right by Avery Island, where they make Tabasco hot sauce. Here you see little hot sauce places popping up everywhere.
It's very wet here. Thinking back to the desert, I still wonder what all these piles of water are doing just sitting around everywhere!
Bike is in, um, "smooth running" condition, loosely interpreting. It rides all right!
I'll have a bunch more photos and stuff to post when I take a bit longer break, now it's back to the road!!!
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New Iberia!

After a fun ride to New Iberia, I continue to get wet in the swamp!
Actually riding with one gear is proving kind of fun. It's a simpler mechanical setup, and perhaps more importantly, simpler to ride. Good thing Louisiana's so flat!
This area is beautiful, with amazing huge trees that grow out of the water, and animals like I've never seen before. I keep seeing new insects, birds, mammals, and more. I've seen armadillos and snakes. Just now I saw a caterpillar with beautiful markings that look like other animals. It had geometric rows of penguins, and buffalo and sharks. And the colors are brilliant and beautiful.
And the people here are interesting, too. I learned that the city was formed by a mix of French, Spanish, English, Caribbean, native, and other influences.
Now on a quiet Saturday, gonna write more Astrotripping.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keepin' on rockin' an' rollin'!

Bike fixed, now has the chain going directly without gearing, making it a fixie (fixed gear).
Computer has non-functional battery, and only one core.
One gear, one core, one way, baby! I'm going until I finish this Astrotripping draft and make it to New Orleans. Then I can clean up somewhat.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Getting wet in Lafayette!

More rain today. What's a little water?
Bike's still having issues. Currently dealing with derailleur issues. Not the most interesting topic. Should be fixable soon.
Old computer's dead. Writing this from a new computer, courtesy of my awesome host!
Now I'm using English software, instead of Spanish software. We'll see how that affects my languages!
And the Earth keeps on turning...
Rock & Roll!!!

Writing Astrotripping!

The current draft is coming along really well. I'm now writing up a lot of adventures from the previous couple of years. Bringing back lots of memories!
Overall, having a great time, while making gradual headway.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More adventures!

Continuing to travel and write!
Getting really wet, resulting in damage to electronics and mechanics, e.g. computer and bicycle.
Also, the wet weather can be physiologically and psychologically difficult to deal with.
Luckily, challenges can spur improvements!
Added a Q&A with the newly functional CodeWOW forms:
When should I buy a new computer?
You should buy a new computer when you need one.
Now, time to write more ASTROTRIPPING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow!

Now the codes are hooked up together so that y'all can ask questions and add codes freely!!!
Lots more to do!!!
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rain!

Lots and lots of rain, and lots more scheduled.
(By the way, when it rains, the sun still shines above!)
In Louisiana, the sides of the road are lined not only with Mardi Gras beads, but also with frogs.
And here, you can get liquor at the drive-thru: beer, daquiries, whatever you want.
(By contrast, in Seattle you can get coffee at drive-thrus. Wet places with liquids to get you on your way!)
At the boudin festival (boudins are sausages with rice and stuff inside), great music including zydeco.
I also tried fried alligator. Tastes like frog. (Frog tastes like chicken.)
Also, had a chance recently to have a crawfish boil, with some swamp pop, and good company.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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