Spirit of America Ride for Hydrocephalus, Day 14 Recap
After our hard, long and wet ride on Monday, we are taking a few days from our bike tour to take in the sounds and flavors of New Orleans. We spent yesterday in the French Quarter aimlessly wandering and enjoyed a few of the must-see places and must-do adventures that “the Big Easy” is famous for.
Mary’s favorite was the Café Du Monde outdoor café for some rich coffee and chicory laced with lots of hot milk and their famous beignets. I read that the original Café Du Monde stand opened in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The history and rich tradition of this city is breathtaking.
No trip to New Orleans is complete without a walk around Jackson Square. Jackson Square is a tribute to our seventh president and the last major battle of the War of 1812, the immortal Battle of New Orleans in 1815. We wandered around the area as well as the shops in the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment building in the U.S. We grabbed a New Orlean's favorite…breaded oysters on a bun, a Po Boy at Mother's. Glad we will be biking that one off!
My mission was to visit the Acme Oyster House and the renowned Pat O’Brians and famous Hurricane. Both were a wonderful experience. We have exchanged our Celsius for just a couple of days for a little stronger liquid refreshment. This refreshment does not give us the lasting energy Celsius does but we are having a great time.
The problem with New Orleans is that every step is a feast for the senses, whether your passion is architecture, history, food, spirits or people watching. It is hard to squeeze all New Orleans has to offer in just a few days. New Orleans also has several bike paths that we are planning to check out. We will keep you posted and upload more pictures.
We found a bike shop that will check our tires and give both our bikes a tune-up before we continue our bike tour first thing Friday morning. Stay tuned for more adventures.