#SD2KW, Day 41, Simmesport to New Roads, 46 Miles | Mapping Our Ride

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Waking up in a tent at the back of a truck plaza is an opportunity to meet your new neighbors.

After chatting with the owner of this 75 foot trailer we went inside Maddie’s and were delighted to meet a group of lovely ladies enjoying each other’s company and ours.

Mr. Maddie was bringing out jars of figs he wanted us to try (his mother in law’s recipe) and boudin, a sausage type of thingy that is stuffed with rice, peppers, onions, seasonings and meat. It was delish! Finally Tommy Maddie brought out a loaf of freshly baked garlic bread for us to take on our bikes. These people know how to eat and give.

A few followers have been asking how Tom chooses destinations and places to stay. He does all that and I’m grateful. Here’s how it all goes down:

This is our third cross country bike tour and we have always purchased Adventure Cycling maps. AC has mapped out routes all over the USA. We are currently riding the Southern Tier route (San Diego to St Augustine) and will jump on the last map (500 miles) of the Atlantic Coast route.

We have purchased the paper maps which we use for planning a few days out. They list the route with mileage, towns, services in towns (i.e. hotels, camping, stores, etc). We also download the gpx maps that we use on our Garmins as they give us turn by turn directions and tell us “off course” if we make a wrong turn.

Each night we sit down and do a route rap looking at the paper maps, mapping out the next couple of days and make adjustments if today’s ride was shorter or longer depending on tailwind/headwind/rain, etc.

We usually try to plan a ride on average of 60-80 miles a day depending on wind forecast, elevation ups/downs and actual towns coming up on route that offer services like camping, lodging, etc.

Many small towns we ride through have no services at all. We usually look to camp first to keep costs down, but grab a motel/hotel if a shower/laundry is needed. After we choose a goal town for next day, I get on Google Maps to do my research of that town and route.

The Adventure Cycling maps were created in 2018 and may not be up to date. For example, the maps might show camping in an RV park however many RV parks don’t allow tent camping any longer. The map might show a market during our ride. We show up and the market has been closed for quite a while. I do a lot of reading on google reviews on upcoming motels/campgrounds/restaurants to get a feel of where we should stay/eat. Finally I consistently write reviews on places we visit to help future travelers.

Another resource we have used in the past and are starting to use again in New Orleans, is Warmshowers. I log in and search on a location and all Warmshowers pop up in the area. This is a site for touring bicyclers. Deb and I are Warmshower hosts if anyone comes through Indy. We have a room for them to sleep, shower to use, laundry if needed. We will cook a meal for them and maybe a beer or two and sit around and get to know them and hear all their traveling stories. They email us during their ride to see if we are available to host on a certain date.

We are riding through NOLA on Friday and I emailed Jerry. He can host us Friday night. Jerry and his wife are avid cyclists and Jerry is a pastor. I have a feeling we will be doing more warmshowers as we ride through Florida with all the Spring Breakers and limited campsites.

He makes all of the above ⬆️ look easy while I sit around and play with photos, music and blog. 😂 And I also make sure we don’t run out of Nutella.

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15 thoughts on “#SD2KW, Day 41, Simmesport to New Roads, 46 Miles | Mapping Our Ride”

  1. Glad you are going through NOLA…Boudin is not my fav, but I do remember the trash men in Lafayette, La having blood sausages to eat while working in 1979! Haha! What a unique slice of life is Louisiana 🥰…! Enjoy the rest of the Pelican state !

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      1. Yes it is! Last summer Gary and I went to the origin of the Mississippi. It was a foot high and about a yard wide and as clear as a bell! Amazing what happens when nature and humans mix it up! Enjoy Red Stick! Go Tigers!

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  2. Y’all never meet a stranger! Speaking of Florida, when will you be in the Keys? We’re heading down to bike at the end of the month.

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  3. HI Deb and Tom,

    Our spring break itinerary–

    We’re biking (leisurely) from Key Largo to Key West March 26-March 29 with overnights at Islamorada, Marathon, Cudjoe Key, and Key West March 29 and 30. We will stop anywhere else that looks interesting to take in the Florida wildlife/scenery. Heather and Steve Douglas are going with us.

    Kathleen and David


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    1. Would not be surprised at all if we are. We are thinking we will finish some time the last week of March. Let’s stay in touch. How much fun would that be?


  4. Planning is fun. Not as fun as doing, but fun. The further east you go the more we wish we had invited ourselves along. Your pace and nighttime accommodations are spot on.

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  5. Have missed you the last week or so. 12 hour days trying to get a project completed have left me worn. I’m glad things are still going well for you and I’ll try to catch up this week. Cruise safely. 🙂

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    1. Oh I sure hope your project is moving in the right direction. 👍🏻👍🏻 Plenty of time to catch up with us. We will be seeing you all at CtK before you know it. 😊


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