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Bicycle Travel => General Discussion => Topic started by: dayjack119 on June 29, 2016, 03:05:55 pm

 
Title: Mississippi River barge ride
Post by: dayjack119 on June 29, 2016, 03:05:55 pm
I'm pedaling the length of the Mississippi River this fall, all the way down to New Orleans, Louisianna. On the way, I would like to experience putting my bike on a barge and go for a short cruise and pass through a set of locks.  Anyone have any knowledge about how this could be done?  They have expensive paddle wheelers and tour boats but they are budget busters.
Title: Re: Mississippi River barge ride
Post by: PeteJack on July 01, 2016, 03:50:00 pm
A couple of girls (http://mjgradziel.com/thelmajones/lureoftheopenroad.html) did that in 1943. Things might have changed since then mind.
Title: Re: Mississippi River barge ride
Post by: dayjack119 on July 01, 2016, 05:21:01 pm
After reading some of their log, it appears things have changed a lot.  Thanks for sending that.  What gutsy girls.  It was another age, simple and relaxed.
Title: Re: Mississippi River barge ride
Post by: DaveB on July 01, 2016, 05:48:41 pm
After reading some of their log, it appears things have changed a lot.  Thanks for sending that.  What gutsy girls.  It was another age, simple and relaxed.
Uhh, I don't think 1943 was a "simple and relaxed" age. 
Title: Re: Mississippi River barge ride
Post by: dayjack119 on July 01, 2016, 06:10:43 pm
...Ignoring the realities of the war, the lifestyle is of what I am speaking.
Title: Re: Mississippi River barge ride
Post by: PeteJack on July 01, 2016, 07:17:28 pm
It surprised me how little mention of the war they made. Towards the end they mention some boys they knew in the military but I would have thought New Orleans would have been buzzing with wartime activity in 1943.