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SwampFox
Posted 10/26/2011 8:28 AM (#61180)
Subject: Louisiana Ride for Kids 2011



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Location: Summer Grove, LA USA

On Saturday 10/22/2011, Jena & I took an overnight ride down to Lafayette, Louisiana to support our state's Ride for Kids fundraiser for the Pedeatric Brain Tumor Foundation. On the down we stopped by Lea's Lunchroom in Lecompte --A Louisiana Tradition Since 1928 ( http://www.leaslunchroom.com ):

Where we enjoyed lunch and pie:

Pie Counter at Lea's

Where Corkie enjoyed his sampling of the roast beef:


 

After which we stopped by fellow sidecarist's Larry & Barbara's home in Bunkie to visit and watch the 1st quarter of the LSU football game.  Sorry, we were so engrossed in the ball game, we didn't take any pics.  After a good visit, during the 2nd quarter and half-time of the game,we traveled on down to fellow sidecarist Bud's place near Port Barre to finish watching the game.  Again, we were so involved in the ball game and extensive story telling, we forgot to take pics.  Thanks to Bud for letting us bunk at his place.

 Sunday morning we took a few backroads for the 1+ hour trip down to Lafayette for the Ride for Kids event.  There were only 3 sidecar rigs this year, as several folks had scheduling conflicts, but we had enough room for all the kids that wanting to ride, including 5 year-old Callin:

Who drifted off to sleep on me a couple of times.  She told me after the ride:  I tried to stay awake.   Laughing

 On the way back home fellow sidecarist Carney met up with us in Alexandria for a cup of lousy coffee but good fellowship, where we all suited up for the rain that we had to ride thru to get home:

 

 Although Corkie didn't seem to be too concerned:

The rain let up after 30 miles or so, so I convinced Jena to try out the Bayou Derbonne Road in southern Natchitoches Parish, which, on the map, appeared to be blacktop county road thru the farmland of the Red River bottomlands.  Well, the road went from bumpy blacktop to several miles of washboard gravel, but Jena took it all in stride, even tho our street rigs are really slow and rough on these roads. Undecided At least the rain had settled the dust:

But the backroads sure offer scenes unavailable out on the main highway:

OK:  I failed to determine the make & model of this automobile.  Does anyone know?

Before returning the highway, we find this bridge over the Bayou:

But, partly due to time constraints, we didn't venture further down the road:

After returning the Highway 1 we took a quick stretch and jumped on I-49 for the last 70+ miles home, where we picked up the pace to the detriment of my fuel economy, but I did make the gas station a few miles from the house after going to reserve out on the Interstate. Surprised Whew, that'll make ya nervous.   We made it home about 6pm with dirty rigs and a tired pup.

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Txart
Posted 10/29/2011 12:29 AM (#61215 - in reply to #61180)
Subject: RE: Louisiana Ride for Kids 2011



Posts: 145
Location: Brazoria, tx
Looks like it could be an old Peugeot
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SwampFox
Posted 10/29/2011 8:02 AM (#61220 - in reply to #61215)
Subject: RE: Louisiana Ride for Kids 2011



Posts: 1661
Location: Summer Grove, LA USA
You're on the right track, Art. According to fellow sidecar enthusiast manofliex via email, the old car is a 64-68 Volvo 122. Not exactly what you expect to see abandoned in rural Louisiana. A Studebaker maybe, but a European coupe?
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SwampFox
Posted 10/29/2011 8:46 AM (#61222 - in reply to #61220)
Subject: RE: Louisiana Ride for Kids 2011



Posts: 1661
Location: Summer Grove, LA USA

Kathy, visiting all the way from New Mexico, a member of the Ride For Kids Task Force, sent us this photo of Callin embarking on her first sidecar ride:

Callin's 1st Sidecar Ride

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