Hello everyone, well we finished day one. It was a bit windy, about 4 mph shy of tropical storm force winds, but it was a good day. Any day you are on a bike is a good day. 88 miles today – 92 tomorrow. We cross over the Pleasure Island Bridge and then very shortly after that into Louisiana on our way to Sulfur and that will be the end of day 2. The most exciting thing today was an alligator on the shoulder that had been run over. Hopefully we will see some live ones in the next few days. Well I will report on day 2 tomorrow, good night.
Ray Johnson – Hey family and friends – just setting this blog site up to keep you posted on our Tour du Rouge ride from Houston to New Orleans. Will connect with all later.
Team Hobbs (Hobbs, New Mexico) is sending four cyclists to the Tour du Rouge – Donnie Hill, Mesong Harrison, Ric Crosby, and Bob Reid. Bob rode in the inaugural event in 2009 and looks forward to returning after taking a year off. Donnie, Mesong, and Ric will participate for the first time. Team Hobbs (sponsored by Southeast New Mexico cycling – http://www.senmcycling.org) supports charity bike rides throughout the Southwest from Tucson to New Orleans and is pleased to support the Tour du Rouge.
In each of the first two years of the Tour du Rouge, the Texas and Louisiana state flags have been carried through downtown New Orleans upon conclusion of the ride. For the first time in 2011, the New Mexico flag will join our Texas and Louisiana colleagues in the procession toward the ending point. Team Hobbs is proud to be part of this challenging (526 mile) and worthwhile event and we are especially pleased to have the New Mexico flag to demonstrate unanimity with our friends in Southeast Texas and the Louisiana coast in support of hurricane victims.
Donnie, Mesong, Ric, and Bob look forward to spending six exciting days along side of (and occasionally drafting) our fellow cyclists.
The Tour du Rouge is just three days away! I made it to Austin, got my bike reassembled and rode for about an hour yesterday afternoon. This morning I plan to ride for an hour or two at the Veloway just to get some exercise. The Veloway is a 3.1 mile paved loop through a wooded area in south Austin dedicated solely to bicycles and skates (no walking or jogging).
Tomorrow I drive to Houston for registration and the kick-off banquet. We are staying at the Sheraton near the Intercontinental Airport. Then Sunday morning the ride to New Orleans begins!
I just found out that two of the tour participants who are Red Cross employees have been deployed to Alabama for the disaster relief effort there. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the storms.
The Tour is only three days away! That made me a little nervous to say out loud! We are REALLY busy here at the American Red Cross offices getting everything ready for our fabulous riders. The amount of detail involved in getting 74 cyclists ready to hit the road is a little overwhelming. But it’s really fun as well!
This blog will be available for our riders and crew to post updates along the way. 526 miles over the course of six days! That’s just amazing to me and I am sure there will be plenty to share with friends and family.
Well, back to work (if you can call it that). I am personally so excited to be going along with the crew this year. The countdown has begun!!
-Leslie Schulze – crew