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Trip 5 - New Orleans LA to Jacksonville FLA - 692 mi / 1114 km
New Orleans Jacksonville

Overview of this trip: 675 miles (1000+km) over six days

Of my five cycling trips across the US of A, this one will be the longest, and I have never done three consecutive 120+ mile days, or travelled through four states.

Plus I just discovered that this trip, being in November, has the shortest days of sunlight and all days will have a headwind from the east i.e. I will be pedalling into the wind the entire trip while trying to get to my daily destination before sunset.

I can hardly wait :)

Getting to New Orleans

Toronto Pearson at 5AM:

Toronto Pearson Airport

Transfer at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport:

Dallas Cowboys Store

Dallas Cowboys Store

and back to New Orleans and the Mississippi:


The St Charles Trolley:

New Orleans_St_Charles_Trolley

Creole Gardens Courtyard, with palm tree leaves badly frayed from past hurricanes:

Creole Gardens

A final thought before climbing onto the bike:

This trip needs a different feel to it. On Stage Four (San Antonio-New Orleans) I felt discouraged and under-prepared due to training in a windless gym and not expecting somewhat unique high intensity winds blowing at me all day long. It really affected my mood.

I want to complete this last segment with a bang - really throw the glove down and dominate the ride.


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