Last few days

We are off of the trace now and already miss its mile markers, low traffic and especially the smooth roads we had the price large of getting spoiled by! Louisiana has a different look from Mississippi which is strikingly apparent as soon as one crosses the state line. It is my kind of place, for sure! The roads look 50 times patched over and the houses too, but there is a charm to the state. Here are a few pictures from the last few days while we were too far from electricity and/or connectivity. If it were not for this blog, I’d be very happy to turn these devices off and really get away from reality. That is the best part of all of this – the world is far, far away. Nice!

We had to get up to the trace the hard way after our gps lied to us, yet again. The length we go to for a cold drink!


The corn fields show how summer is changing.


Last stop in MS – the welcome center. Shouldn’t it be the goodbye center? Never mind, they had cold water and gave us some ICE!


Over the bridge and seven donuts more.


Campsite number, we forget.


The next morn

And more pedaling, again, this morning.

Location:Charmain Blvd,Simmesport,United States

7 thoughts on “Last few days

  1. Carmie Scarpitti

    I love the picture with the vines growing up the silo!

    (Louisiana may have the worst roads in the nation.)

  2. Darla Fowler

    I think these pictures capture some of the spirit of this place too. What a perfect birthday present. Reni woke up before me and made breakfast for me: Egg and cheese omelet, bacon, and toast. Now, I am looking at these pictures and it makes me so happy.

    I must say that I know it is hard to resist the temptation to disconnect from the world completely. I am grateful to you for keeping this blog going so we can get a sense of what you are experiencing. I don’t know that I would be this good at staying connected while experiencing this type of journey.

    I think places do have spirits. That is why I was not happy living in some places and why I am much happier in other places. I think the place itself, whether it’s a corn field or a five and dime store, can have a spirit. I think people bring their spirits to a place too. Sometimes their spirits complement the place, but sometimes it’s in opposition.

    I am in agreement with you, Vicki. I think there are so many places that are the same that it’s understandable that we might overlook the places that still have spirit. But. They are still out there and all the more special because they are off the beaten path.

    My eyes are brimming with tears of joy for you and Bianca.

  3. Vicki Bozzola

    I am gratified to know that even the rural areas of northern Louisiana have retained the “genius loci” resulting from the unique blend of cultures informing and enriching the state. It is a shame that so much of the United States has become homogeneous and bland, with the same eateries and the same churches and the same pretty faces with their Midwestern accents reading the local news. Or am I too pessimistic, based on my view of the country from the exits of interstate freeways? That is, haven’t you learned from your up-close travels on bicycles that small-town America everywhere retains its spirit of place? I hope so.

  4. Pavel

    I actually stopped and took both of those shots thinking about how much you would like those and other similar snippets of this charming state. There is something about Louisianna that is special and so different from its southern neighbors. I feel at ease here and there are photographic opportunities such as the kind we both value, around every turn, in the both the obvious as well as the subtle details. Can a place have a spirit?

  5. Mike

    Very nice and very informative in meeting you both in Simmesport, La. I would love to do what you are doing but on a motorcycle. Remember to get some local Cajun food when you get to Ville Platte, La.
    Be safe, be careful and Godspeed on your journey.

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