I know it’s a long way off, but this sounds like so much fun I want to make sure anyone who’s interested is aware and puts it on their calendar. Here’s the deal. The Tour du Teche is a three day stage race through the heart of Cajun country, in the Atchafalaya Heritage Area. It should be a blast for the paddlers but it’s a really different, interesting area and would be a lot of fun for anyone who’d like to visit these little towns. Start each day watching the racers take off, spend the day being a tourist, and enjoy a party with great food and live music in the evening. I can think of a lot worse ways to spend some time.
Now, I know I live in Louisiana (Who Dat Nation) but Shreveport is much more like East Texas than South Louisiana. So, I’ll be researching the race, and the culture of Cajun Country in the next few months to try and convince you to join me, in the water or on the shore, for a few days. Here we go!
Naw man, thas not Ned talkin. HA HA HA!
Here’s the schedule starting on October 6
Thursday: Registration, boat and equipment check in Port Barre until 6:00 followed by Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez (let the good times roll) – live music and food.
Friday: 7:00 am start. 48 miles to St. Martinville. 6:30 pm Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez.
Saturday: 7:00 am start. 61 miles to Franklin. 7:00 pm paddlers dinner followed by Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez (are you starting to get the idea of how they do things in south Louisiana?)
Sunday: 7:00 am start. 25 miles to Berwick. And at noon, yep, Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez.
They put on a great race last year and, from what I’ve been told, everyone (racers, their ground crews, spectators, locals) had a wonderful time. In fact, the only people who were a little upset were a lot of the locals who didn’t know it was happening and missed the fun. They plan to do a much better job of publicizing it in 2011 and there should be a TON of boats of all sorts entered along with lots and lots of people along the banks cheering us on. This isn’t the Missouri River where we were paddling through isolated country. There are small towns and homes all along the Teche. If you’re looking for history, terrific music, shopping, amazing local culture, and great food you can’t do much better than this.
For all my friends who said they envied my experience in the MR340 but thought it was just too much here’s your chance. Find a canoe, a kayak, or pirogue and a partner (or go solo) and come on down. You don’t even need to do all three days. They’ve split it up so that you can enter for Friday and Saturday,or Saturday and Sunday. There are even one day races each of the three days. Come on Vince B, Jim H, David K, Christian F, Eric B, and Mike and Marilyn V. If I’m young enough to do it y’all are, too.