August 29, 2005
Nice day for a bike ride
NEW ORLEANS - A monstrous Hurricane Katrina barreled toward New Orleans on Sunday with 160-mph wind and a threat of a 28-foot storm surge, exciting Extreme Cyclists into a frenzy of preperation for a Monday Morning Bike Ride around the below-sea-level city and prayers for a healthy breeze at their backs to speed them along their route.
"We hope to have the Bicycling Gods on our side, definitely!," Ditzy Nibble said as she stood with her Specialized Sirrus Sport, and three cycling friends, near six lanes of one-way car traffic on gridlocked Interstate 10. "It's very exciting!"
Three bike shops are remaining open during, the evacuation of the car driving populace, to accomodate cyclists looking for last minute checks on their bikes, authorities said.
Katrina intensified into a Category 5 giant over the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico, reaching top winds of 175 mph before weakening slightly on a path to hit New Orleans after sunrise Monday. It would be New Orleans' first direct hit in 40 years and the most powerful storm ever to slam the city.
Come on, you know you are laughing, because, like me, you are wondering how many fools on bikes, like those with surf boards, were out and about in New Orleans today, and will be tonite, and if at all possible tommorrow. ;-D
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After seeing photos of the gridlocked traffic, I was seriously wondering if anybody attempted evacuation by bike. I haven't found any real *ahem* news on that yet. "Ditzy Nibble" indeed ;-)
Posted by: Richard | Aug 29, 2005 11:36:47 AM
I imagine there were some folks who left town by bike, but there won't be many stories in the papers, or on the news, about them.
Posted by: Kiril Kundurazieff | Aug 29, 2005 11:45:57 AM
Traffic was reportedly going about 10 mph out of I-10 west from NOLA. It's 80 miles to Baton Rouge from NOLA. A reasonably fit adult cyclist can do that, though he would be very limited on the belongings he could carry with him. Probably not possible with children and infirm. The longest my children (ages 6 and 10) have been on bike has been 25 miles and it took four hours to go even that short distance with them.
Posted by: Richard | Aug 29, 2005 12:26:29 PM