Home > Bicycle Touring > Southern Tier Day 21 – Thanksgiving in New Orleans

“The hangover isn’t bad, I could have drank more,” I thought eating vanilla crème cookies and a half gallon of milk for breakfast at the Marquette House.

Thanksgiving.

My journal has a single entry from the night before, “A fish didn’t discover water.”

It must be important.

I ride, without panniers, through the city to see the sights, ride the Algiers Ferry and ride the bike/pedestrian path on the other side. Ride the ferry back and cruise through the French Quarter. SO easy and carefree, though the crank seems to be banging a little, but it isn’t bad. Nice to ride without all that weight.

Despite already carrying two books I find myself in a small alternative bookstore. I hate that word, alternative. Anyway I buy a book I have been looking for, $6 I should spend on food but figure if I skip Thanksgiving dinner maybe I’ll be fine. Besides I was still hoping for Thanksgiving magic.

Instead I ended up reading the rest of the day. In the sun, on a bench, in the grass. Wherever I felt like stopping for a little while. The oppressive need to be a tourist and see everything wasn’t a nagging tug, and the book was so damn interesting.

So interesting in fact that I wont mention the free drinks later and that you shouldn’t do that on an empty stomach. And you shouldn’t be drinking on an empty stomach when you have no money because you come up with other ideas to get something to eat, and trash compactors don’t make dumpster diving possible.

So Happy Thanksgiving.

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