February 26, 2019
Within minutes of checking into our hotel which was pretty far away from the French Quarter, we had the unfortunate opportunity to learn what a party bus was. After moving our room from street-side to courtyard, I stopped looking for an earlier return flight home. If you've already watched our Race of the Dead video, you already know that there's really nowhere to mountain bike in New Orleans which is why we had to buy department store bikes for our trip. I complained A LOT out on the Bonnet Carre Spillway that night, but honestly- these bikes were totally perfect to get around on for the rest of the week in the city. Riding through New Orleans came with some traffic challenges, but overall I felt safer and drivers were way more laid back. Which might be why I almost got T-boned a bunch of times that day. This guy here legit almost ran me over, but people there are so nice - he like pulled over and apologized as I rode by. LOL. Finding the Darling bikeshop for my lock was pretty easy. And yes that is a donut pedal! According to Single tracks there is a mountain biking trail over at the city park. So I set out to find it. I had A LOT of trouble doing so. So- in the spirt of virtual recon- let's take a closer look at why. The City Park itself is ENORMOUS. What locals consider a mountain biking trail is about a mile long. There are TWO trailheads where you can ride, and the Singletracks app leads you to what I would consider to be the wrong one. I actually explored the dotted line area first. This is where I found a bunch of kewl graphiti before I wound my way through the back side of the park and around the other side to where the trailhead was that I was hoping to ride. I was almost back on the highway but I turned around to look more because I remembered a girl from the race the night before saying that city park trail was basically mulch. And I hadn't seen mulch yet. I found the trail. That was A LOT of searching to find just one mile of trail out there. The trail riding part of this video is over, but this town was way too interesting to not include a few more minutes of more footage riding around. Café Du Monde had a line around the block pretty much 24/7. Yes- they are open 24 hours a day. This was the shortest I'd seen it so we finally got some Bienettes. What's a bienette? It depends on where you get them. If you're like Shannon and you like funnel cake - get them at Café Dumonde. If you're like me and you prefer donuts - head over to Café Biennete.