Day 110 & 111 Gonzales to Lutcher LA. – 28 Miles


20141220_095320The constant flow of water from the sky kept Crystal and me inside the entire day. We went to a coffee shop to catch up on work. She was busy on the computer and phones searching for an RV park that would donate a stay for the evening. A gentleman dressed in hospital scrubs overheard Crystal’s attempts on the phone and gave us a few suggestions of where to look. David ended up donating the money for a night’s stay and he bought some books for his son. It was a blessing. Despite the downpour, we spent a cozy day in the trailer. Hands down, it beat trying to go up against some of the maniacs behind the wheel.

20141220_134432With yet another day of rest completed, my body was once again like new. It was time to push myself. I slipped on a new pair of Saucony shoes to resume the journey...

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Day 109 Baton Rouge to Gonzales LA. – 20 Miles


P1030223Crystal parked our trailer on the side of the Hilton Hotel in downtown Baton Rouge. I walked through a hallway under renovation led by a pleasant scent of gingerbread. When I reached the lobby, I waited to check discovered the smell of gingerbread came from a gingerbread house replica of the hotel. I was ready for one full day of rest and relaxation. The Hilton provided us with a room on the eighth floor overlooking the Mississippi river. The black and white photos on the wall complimented the view of grey skies. I stayed off my feet for most of the day, except for when I walked to the river to get a closer look at some steamboats.

P1030252Full rest days have kept the body from completely shutting off...

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Day 107 Erwinville to Baton Rouge – 22 Miles


P1030164In the middle of the pitch black night a downpour pounded the trailer. It roused me from my sleep then left in an instant. I rubbed my legs in my drowsy state and then fell right back to sleep. I’m sure I received a few more hours of rest before the big rigs started firing up. We had parked next to the huge machines under the assumption it would be safe and quiet. It was true until the morning.

P1030183A small breakfast sandwich was enough to start my day. My legs felt great and I wanted to run. I took off, conscious not to let loose too quickly. I could tell in the first few steps that I’d have great run. The trees went flying by. Some were decorated with beaded necklaces. I assumed the beads were part of the Louisiana Mardi Gras experience...

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