New Orleans & Flat Mississippi River Levee Trails 2023

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2023
 
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  • Ride on two of the longest paved and most beautiful levee trails, while bicycling on the Mississippi River Levee Trails overlooking the largest river in the United States.
  • Riding atop the levee you can watch the Mississippi River for almost the entire ride into or from New Orleans starting from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans one day and riding on the opposite side - the West Bank - of the river ending in Algiers another day.
  • Along the way watch the "mighty Mississippi" from behind your handlebars and also see the 1.5 mile Bonnet Carre Spillway. One of the nicest features of the levee trail is the very limited number of service roads along the route, so just pure bicycling at its best.
  • One last item of note, these are some of the flattest trails you will ever ride!
  • We stay close to New Orleans, but not too close so we can experience the wonders and sights of New Orleans, during the day and stay in the small town of Covington at night.
  • We will see and experience the French Quarter, Jackson Square and City Park. 
  • In addition, we will ride bike trails overlooking Lake Pontchartrain and bicycle the top-rated rail-to-trail paved bike path in Louisiana the Tammany Trace trail in Covington.
  • One final note: USA Today named the New Orleans areas as one of the top 50 best cities for bicycling.
Day 1, Saturday - March 19, 2023
 
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The entire area is best known for its great food scene and quirky/fun and unique shops. We will stay across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans and ride in, around and on the bike paths surrounding New Orleans. This is an amazing bicycling area and a must see for anyone, who bicycles the area. There is something for everyone. In addition to the New Orleans area that we all know or have researched, we will stay in the small city of Covington, which features:

  • Abita Roasting Co. Covington - This roasting company has great coffee and an excellent cafe. This location boasts a diverse menu and the freshest coffee around. Abita has prepared and roasted coffee from all over the world.  
  • Brooks' Bike Shop, Covington, Louisiana - The veteran-owned small business owner is passionate about all kinds of bicycles. 
  • Cafe Du Monde - Eat a beignet at this popular location in Covington, Louisiana. It began as a coffee stand outside the old French Market in New Orleans. 
  • Columbia Street Tap Room and Grill - Offering excellent food, music and also thirty different beers on tap, around sixty bottled beers, premium wines by the glass and a full service bar.  
Check-in throughout the day and get assimilated to the laid-back atmosphere that is Louisiana. Meet around 4:00pm for welcome meeting and dinner.
 
Lodging:

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Lodging: 
 
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Comfort Inn
Covington, Louisiana
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • HD TVs
  • Exercise Room
  • Computers
  • Coin Laundry
  • Swimming Pool

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Dinner:

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Copelands
Covington, Louisiana
 
Entrée choices include:
  • Tomato Basil Chicken – Grilled chicken breast, angel hair pasta, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese. 
  • Garden Chicken – Seared chicken, sauteed mushrooms, squash noodles, steamed broccoli, lemon butter sauce.
  • Chicken and Waffles – Buttermilk waffles, seasoned chicken cutlets topped with powdered sugar, cane syrup. 
  • Shrimp Etouffee – Shrimp in a dark roux-based sauce, garlic, green onions, spices, served over steamed rice.  
  • Jambalaya Pasta – Since 1983, Gulf Shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage, spicy jambalaya sauce, mushrooms, peppers, bow tie pasta.  
Day 2, Sunday - March 20, 2023
 
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New Orleans Levee Trail
 
We start our ride at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo. The zoo is located in New Orleans and cares for animals from around the world with engaging educational programs, and hands-on animal encounters. One of its most favorite adventures in this zoo is the Louisianna Swamp and Jaguar Jungle showcase the relationship between people and nature. We end our ride at the massive Bonnet Carre Spillwaya flood control operation in the Lower Mississippi Valley. It allows floodwaters from the Mississippi River to flow into Lake Pontchartrain and then into the Gulf of Mexico. in between the Zoo and the Spillway is flat riding with views of the Mississippi River all the way.
 
Breakfast: 
Provided by hotel
 
Route: 26 miles, riding on the Mississippi River Levee Trail. (The route is flat.)
 
Dinner:
 
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Rusty Pelican
Mandeville, Louisiana
 
Entrée choices include:
  • Seafood Platter – Combination of local seafood favorites, including fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, crawfish & a homemade crab cake.
  • Surf and Chirp – Fried chicken tenders and Gulf Shrimp served with a side of our Pelican and Remoulade sauces.  
  • Lakeshore Tour – Homemade, fried lump crab cake & golden fried Gulf Shrimp, served with a side of Remoulade sauce.   
  • Mahi Mahi – Topped with grilled, blackened or fried Mahi Mahi.  
Day 3, Monday - March 20, 2023
 
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Algiers/Hahnville Levee Trail
 
Today we start our ride from the rural Hahnville area and ride atop the levee to Algiers, following the Mississippi River. The Algiers historic neighborhood, though part of New Orleans is the only neighborhood of New Orleans that is east of the Mississippi River. The neighborhood is distinct from the rest of New Orleans with quiet and also tree-lined streets, giving it a small-town feel. While riding along the paved levee trail the skylines of New Orleans can be viewed for miles of riding.
 
Breakfast: 
Provided by hotel
 
Bike route:  0 miles, staying at the hotel; 33 miles riding from Hahnville to Algiers on the West Bank Levee Trail. (The route is flat.)
 
Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 4, Tuesday - March 21, 2023
 
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Lake Pontchartrain Lakefront Trail
 
Continue our biking journey on to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Ride along the bike path adjacent to the shoreline while viewing the 630 square mile lake, technically an estuary, a brackish water coastal body. 
 
Bike route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 24 miles riding the complete bike path and back. (The route is flat.)
 
Breakfast: 
Provided by hotel
 
Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 5, Wednesday - March 22, 2023
 
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Free Day or New Orleans City Park & French Quarter
 
Explore downtown New Orleans riding by Jackson Square, through the French Quarter, across the Mississippi River by Ferry and along the Mississippi River in Algiers. We will ride through the areas in the morning to give you a feel for the city without all the traffic (and people) that will be there in the evening. In the evening you will have your night free to explore the French Quarter and all of New Orleans. We ride from and through "City Park" a 1,300 acre public park in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the 6th-largest and 7th-most-visited urban public park in the United States. Upon arriving at the park, make a quick stop at the 142 year old Morning Call (Coffee) Cafe and order three beignets for just $2.00! Take time to explore the park, including the New Orleans Botanical Gardens; New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden; and the Train Garden, featuring typical New Orleans home and building architecture made with botanical materials, and replicas of streetcars and trains that wind around the track. In the evening, pick your favorite restaurant to visit on your own that your friends have told you not to miss.
 
Breakfast:
Provided by Hotel
 
Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 22 miles riding through New Orleans starting and returning to "City Park" on bike paths and designated bike routes. (The route is flat.)
 
Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 6, Thursday - March 23, 2023
 
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Tammany Trace Trail

We ride today on what was once the railroad and lifeblood of St. Tammany Parish. Now called The Tammany Trace, it is Louisiana's first and only rails-to-trails conversion. This multi-purpose public trail was created as a result of the Illinois Central Railroad corridor, meandering through pine trees, live oaks, and magnolias in Covington, Louisiana.
 
Breakfast:
Provided by Hotel
 
Bike route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 28 miles riding the complete Tammany Trace Trail one way. (The route is flat.)
 
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Dinner:
Don's Seafood
Covington, Louisiana
 
Entrée choices include:
  • Seafood Platter – Stuffed crab, stuffed Gulf shrimp, fried Louisiana catfish, fried Gulf shrimp, fried Louisiana Gulf oysters and shrimp etouffee.  Served with French fries and coleslaw.  
  • Crawfish Etouffee – Louisiana crawfish, onion, bell pepper and celery in a light roux, served over rice.  
  • The Fourchon – Fried Gulf fish topped with jumbo lump crab cream sauce.  Served with sweet corn grits.  
  • Shrimp Dinner – A cup of shrimp gumbo, stuffed Gulf shrimp, fried Gulf shrimp, shrimp au gratin, Jacked up Shrimp, shrimp etouffee and a stuffed potato.
 
Day 7, Friday - March 24, 2023
 
Say goodbye to friends and start your journey home. Breakfast provided by hotel.
 

Please note all trip information is based on previous trips and/or contracted lodging and restaurants and is subject to change based on availability or specific trip needs.

Riding difficulty:
Riders who are comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour should have an enjoyable trip. Most days are primarily or completely on bike paths. Of course, if a rider is tired or does not feel like riding, the SAG vehicle will transport the rider. All riders may ride at their own pace, slow or fast. 
 
Arriving by automobile:
Drive to Comfort Inn, 30 Louis Prima Drive, Covington, LA 70433, having your car at the hotel for the duration of the trip.
 
Arriving by Plane:
You can fly directly into New Orleans (MSY) and rent a car or take UBER/Lyft to the starting hotel
 
What is Included:
  • Hotel lodging
  • Ride packets, including maps & cue sheets (directions)
  • GPS & Google Maps Downloadable Routes
  • Fully sagged, including ride leaders, luggage transport, SAG vehicle transportation and rider assistance
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner with the group three evenings (see above)
  • Great riding, scenery, fun and enjoyment!
Bicycles:
  • Most participants bring their own bicycles
  • To ship your bike, we would suggest using shipbikes.com or bikeflight.com for shipping. To ship your bike to the hotel: Comfort Inn, 30 Louis Prima Drive, Covington, LA 70433
  • If you fly, most major airlines including Delta, American, United and Alaska Air now waive the oversize fee for bicycles (sporting equipment) and just the standard luggage fee applies. Please contact your airline for all the details.
Deposit:
$200 due to reserve your spot and the remainder due 45 days before the trip start.  
 
Weather in March in the New Orleans area:  
  • Average High 73°F

 

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