We met for breakfast at the Ruby Slipper, a cafe not far from the hotel. After breakfast, Dianne and I posed with our leader Carol at the Woman Tour trailer in front of the hotel. Dianne and I then pedalled away, but we were all alone--the rest of the group stayed back for an "unofficial" group photo by the river.
At almost 6 miles into the ride we met up for our official "beginning of ride" photo. Here we all are at the entry to the bike path.
We left the bike path and rode a short distance on Rte. 48, a very busy road, then rode across the Bonnet Carre Spillway. It is high and dry right now.
In the spillway is a Radio Controlled Aircraft field. We stopped and watched them for a while--these are not the tiny planes we expected when we saw the sign!
Just before arriving at our hotel I saw a neighborhood bar and grill, which turned out to be a good choice for lunch. We had sandwiches and cold drinks (it was near 90 and very humid today), and still arrived before our rooms were ready. I would bet that won't happen tomorrow when we are riding 96 miles!