DAY 103 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

BATON ROUGE: SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY TO LSU We started our morning back at Southern University by the Red Stick Monument, and Tom ran out of campus heading south. It’s Saturday and things are quiet on the campus—the stadium empty with Southern’s football team at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas this weekend for a big conference game. I watched Tom cross over the railroad and run down the Scenic Highway before heading on to find the exchange. Thankfully, traffic was light as the route took Tom past the Exxon/Mobil complex along the river. There isn’t much for pedestrian accommodations along this stretch, …

DAY 102 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

ST. FRANCISVILLE TO BATON ROUGE (RED STICK) It was an overcast and misty morning with rain threatening but never really materializing. We came down US Highway 61 the whole way. There was heavy traffic with fast-moving vehicles. Technically we landed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but our specific point of entry was Southern University and A&M College – Baton Rouge, LA where we spent the day. Campus Security seemed to know we were coming, as they waved us along the riverfront drive all the way to the Red Stick monument. My parents were there waiting for us, and soon after we met up with …

DAY 101 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

NEW ROADS TO ST. FRANCISVILLE Community Coffee “especial” helped us open our eyelids after the late—and somewhat raucous—night before with Aimee and the Ewing brothers in New Roads, Louisiana. We walked over to breakfast at the Country Café, literally walking right into George as we opened the door to the establishment. He joined us at the table for a few minutes, making sure to “take care” of our breakfast as it were, but he couldn’t stay long. Festival prep awaited, and there was much to do with things kicking off in just one more day. We packed up the van and Tom …

DAY 100 – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16

MORGANZA TO NEW ROADS We woke up not so bright but very early to a pouring rain in Morganza, Louisiana. After a quick cup of coffee at the Rivet house, we were off to breakfast at the Village One Stop. It started out as a small gathering with Lyle, Bae and Carla soon turned into a major event. The “Morganza Ladies” showed up, Mayor “Woots” Wells, Lyle and Carla of course, and many new faces. After coffee and conversation with all these new folks, the Mayor gathered everyone around for a special presentation—it seems that they had sent the collection basket …

DAY 99 – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

BLACKHAWK TO MORGANZA We started our run at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and got immediately on top of the levee. The rain was holding off this morning, making for a refreshing run toward our landing spot at Old River Landing near Batchelor, Louisiana. Less refreshing was the terrain—thickly paved with large, loose rock, the levee path was a chore for my quads and my ankles, footing a bit unstable, and speed entirely unachievable today. Along with this physical drama came a psychological one. As Tom got midway through his run, he noticed a white vehicle following him along the route—that’s right, we were …

DAY 98 – MONDAY, OCTOBER 14

VIDALIA TO BLACKHAWK We woke up in Vidalia, Louisiana and got some work done on our laptops. The weather is cooler now and rain is still in the forecast for the next few days. We covered the mileage to Blackhawk yesterday afternoon. Blackhawk is just a point on the map, with no accommodations, but the Sydney A. Murray Hydroelectric Plant is nearby and Bill Murray (yes, a relation—Sydney’s son!) had arranged for us to spend our Blackhawk day there, meeting with site manager Tanya Richardson and some of her team. Since we had already covered the distance there, though, we jotted out …

Biz Minute 10-25-19

10/25/2019  Leslie T. Snadowsky Research expedition Relay of Voices, that’s creating an oral history about the Mississippi River’s cultural economy, makes multiple stops around town today and this weekend in this Biz New Orleans Daily Biz Minute. Link to Original Content

DAY 97 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13

NATCHEZ TO VIDALIA Tom and I got some work done in the morning before an 11:30 AM run over the bridge. I ran out from the bandstand and met up with a police escort at the visitor’s center. Over the bridge to Vidalia, Louisiana we went, cheered on by Natchezians along the way—including Stratton Hall yelling GEAUX TIGERS! GEAUX VICTORIA! It was a charged run, with all the fandom, and as I made the turn just at the base of the bridge, my fan club multiple with Jen accompanying Stratton as the cheer squad, motivating me onward for the last mile. I …

DAY 96 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

NATCHEZ LAYOVER We started our second day in Natchez with a small breakfast at Natchez Coffee Company. After running into Jen there, we met up with her again over at the First Presbyterian Church of Natchez for a workshop with some local kids. Competing with the beautiful day, landed us few participants, but Amelie, Anna, and Ruth were very enthusiastic—not to mention Amelie’s mother Nicole who got roped into becoming both my assistant and a full participant as well! With the smaller group, I thought the two hours designated for the workshop might not be needed, but boy was I wrong! This group …

DAY 95 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

CHURCH HILL TO NATCHEZ We woke up to a warm welcome into the Bates house by Suzie and Lady the dogs. George prepared breakfast and shared stories while he cooked. Linda filled in the gaps. They make a good team. We packed up the van, and Tom set out from the driveway toward Bates Road and on up Highway 553 to meet up with the Natchez Trace Parkway. As Tom cycled in the last miles of the Trace, Curtis Moroney met up with him and provided a somewhat competitive bicycling tour through Natchez, Mississippi up to the river’s edge culminating at the Bandstand. …