After picking up Debbie and Lorraine at the Lafayette Airport, we picked up our registration packets for the ride and checked into our hotel. In the evening we went to the Acadiana Center for the Arts for Cajun food and Zydeco music. The Festival International was also going on, so there was music inside the Center for the Arts and at an outside stage as well. The next morning we were at the Crowne Plaza at 7:00 to unload the bikes and our luggage. Debbie and Lorraine stayed at the hotel while I drove my car to Grand Coteau to park it for the duration of the ride. A shuttle bus transported the drivers back to Crowne Plaza. The ride was started promptly at 9:30 am by the Mayor of Lafayette. He welcomed us and said there were 47 states represented among the riders. There are also a couple of Canadians and two people from London, England. The police escorted the 375 riders out of town, stopping traffic for us along the way. We stopped at St. Martinville for lunch and live music. The group Sha-Me-Noo played for us while we enjoyed crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice, gumbo, bread pudding and chocolate cake (and diet coke……tried to save calories there!). All of this took place under the huge Evangeline Oak tree, so we had plenty of shade to enjoy. We rode on after lunch and made our way to our stop for the day in Breaux Bridge. We left our bikes at a secure area at the St. Bernard School and took the shuttle to our hotel. After showering and changing we took the shuttle back downtown and ate dinner at Mulate’s Cajun Restaurant. We felt compelled to go to the Rainbow Daiquiri Drive-Thru (in our case we walked through) because we had heard rave reviews about it. They sell many different varieties of daiquiris and margueritas. We settled for the 32 oz size (you could also purchase gallons) and took the shuttle back to the hotel. We rode a total of 35.1 miles and only gained 222 feet in elevation. The terrain here is very flat. We didn’t have to deal with any hills, but did have a pretty stiff headwind at times. We saw crawfish farms (traps set out in ponds) and lots of fields of sugar cane. Temperatures were in the low 80’s, so not too hot.
Cycle Zydeco – April 27 & 28, 2011