Dallas, halfway up the roller coaster at the abandoned Six Flags
Since Dallas and I are planning to travel together, we went on a practice bike trip to the North Shore, on the other side of Lake Pontchartrain, just before jazz fest began. It took us 2 days to get to Fontainebleau State Park due to our late departure time, but only one day to ride back. On the way, we stopped and explored the abandoned Six Flags amusement park. We set up camp in Slidell when it started to get dark, several feet off the side of a road leading to nowhere that had been barricaded. We had plenty of time the second day to ride to the park and eat dinner in Mandeville before pitching our tent in the woods along the bike path. We met up with Mark, one of Dallas’s coworkers, for breakfast on the third morning before leaving Mandeville.
Just before leaving Mandeville after having breakfast with Mark, a fellow pedicabber for Bike Taxi Unlimited
The three day trip was just what Dallas and I needed to confirm that we would be good travel partners. We also got to test drive the tent that I purchased using my REI dividend. While I don’t like it as much as Phil’s Stoic tent, the Big Agnes Fly Creek is extremely light, easy to set up, and suited our needs well.
After this mini bike tour, both of us were enthused about our upcoming plans to ride together when we leave New Orleans.
Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city.
After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it.
After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.