Zydeco Day 4 -Lafayette, LA to Breaux Bridge – 42 miles

Today is the first day of the Cycle Zydeco 4 day ride and John Jensen’s significant Birthday!

After a quick breakfast we gathered for a mass start because several of the roads at the start of the race are very busy – and that shortened the time the sheriff needed to block off the intersections.

At the mass start

One of the Point of Interests along the route

There were a number of interesting things along the route today. A brewery (samples), a sustainable farm, a goat farm (goat cheese), and a number of others.

We stopped for lunch in St. Martinville and had great food – but it took a long time to get to our table. After lunch the weather looked threatening – but held off for a while and then started raining. Not bad but enough to wet things down. We were almost to the end of the ride when the Birthday Boy lost pressure in his back tire.

Calling for help

After a quick tube change we all arrived in Breaux Bridge. Some of us sampled the food at the end of the ride (crayfish, corn on the cob, and roasted potatoes) and others chose to refrain. We left our bikes in the corral – and took the shuttle back to the Windham Hotel in Lafayette. After a quick shower we jumped in the hotel’s van and headed to dinner at Dark Roux where we celebrated the Birthday Boy Big Time – we had help from afar – Herb and Ruth sent champagne, and Erik and Megan sent a tequila shot for John and some wonderful deserts for everyone.

Toasting with the tequila shot

One of the delicious deserts – liquid nitrogen cooled milk with fresh baked cookies from the oven!

Stay tuned for what happens tomorrow. It may be weather dependent.

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