Having the bikes in NOLA was awesome, despite the condition of the roads (aka pay attention when you are biking and engage your core early so your wrists don’t explode). Our first day, we rode from the Warehouse district to City Park, zig zagged across the park, out to Lake Ponchartrain, up the levee, along the lakeshore, to Deanie’s for lunch, and then along the 17th Street Canal Trail on our way to the Metatarie Cemetery. On the way there, Charles lost his crank on the left side, popped clean off. Fortunately, all the necessary pieces were located along the trail, and we put it back together.
We spent some time in the cemetery, looking at families and epitaphs and decorations. We noticed one man, born in New Orleans in the 1790s and died in the 1870s, who could feasibly – without moving – have lived in Spain, France, the United States, the Confederate States, and the United States again.
On the way home from Metatarie, we passed a mechanic wearing gear from Bayou Bicycles along the Lafitte Greenway, and asked about a torque wrench to get the right tightness on Charles’ crank. He asked what the torque range was (40+ N), and just recommended “ooga booga” without overtightening with a too powerful wrench. We also cruised to RideTHISBike, to potentially get fenders and a bungee. The guys there were awesome, really friendly, knowledgeable, and talkative. Even though we could only get the bungee, it was a really worthwhile trip.