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VIDEO | Louisiana adventure – Kindness of strangers

August 1, 2021 – Left Louisiana late Friday afternoon in the sweltering heat.
LouisianaLots of great memories as people made me feel welcome or gave me a safe space to stay.

Met new friends and was thankful when people like Barbara and Kevin Coleman and Antonio Allen stepped up to help during a challenging day.

The kindness of strangers has been phenomenal, including Lue at a quick stop in Gibsland who was adamant I try pickled pigs’ feet.

She cut off a small chunk with a plastic knife… at least she tried to.

Stored in a pink vinegar it was not as bad as I thought. It had a firm texture but I had a hard time thinking about the fact that I was eating a hoof. Check that off my bucket list.

A big thanks to Mitch who came out of nowhere on my 78-mile day from Ruston, LA to Crossett, AR.  The road was flat, well-paved, and had an ample shoulder. With the heat index over 100 degrees, I felt like I was pedaling in a furnace.

“You want some water,” said Mitch. Climbing out of his work truck Mitch shoved around a couple of metal boxes and emerged with two cold bottles of water and two freeze pops. “They’re not frozen.. but they’re cold,” he said.

I stowed the water and the minute Mitch was out of sight I shoved one freeze pop down my sports bra and wrapped the other round the back of my neck… in a very lady-like fashion, of course.

That Mitch was a lifesaver.

fun factSouvenir hunters tried to cut off parts of Bonnie and Clyde at the scene of their deaths. On May 23, 1934, a six-man posse led by former Texas Ranger captain Frank Hamer ambushed Bonnie and Clyde and pumped more than 130 rounds of steel-jacketed bullets into their stolen Ford V-8 outside Sailes, Louisiana. After dozens of robberies and 13 murders in their name, Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree had finally come to an end. With acrid gunsmoke still lingering in the air, gawkers descended upon the ambush site and attempted to leave with macabre souvenirs from the bodies of the outlaws still slumped in the front seat. According to Jeff Guinn’s book Go Down Together, one man tried to cut off Clyde’s ear with a pocket knife and another attempted to sever his trigger finger before the lawmen intervened. One person in the throng however managed to clip locks of Bonnie’s hair and swathes of her blood-soaked dress.  Klein, C. (2019, May 31) 10 Things You May Not Know About Bonnie and Clyde history.com https://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-bonnie-and-clyde

Have I not commanded you? …  Be strong and courageous. … Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

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