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    Day 1.134 – When Bill handed me a bill

    Lafayette -> Patterson
    Distance (km) : 106
    Time on bike : 4h 48m
    Brutto time: 11.40 – 19.00
    Avg : 22.0
    Max.speed: 41.3
    Total (km) : 47.580
    Altitude: 5 m
    Difficulty: 2½ of 5

    The weather systems have changed dramatically overnight. It’s a cloudy, cool, and rainy day today. Just 20-22 degrees Celsius compared to 30-35 the other day.

    I have my first flat tyre in the US today. After fixing the tube, my pump broke down, and my extra pump didn’t really do the job either, so I dragged the gear to the nearest gas station in search for air. No such luck. But the angels up there weren’t sleeping, they just directed me to Bill…

    Generous Bill.

    …and Bill is a fine man. Not only did he help me inflate my rear tyre with air from his trucks’ air brake system, he handed me a guitar and asked me to play a few tunes, right there next to the truck, he let me take his photo (cos I like taking photos of fine people), he talked to me about his Indian roots and heritage, and (hold on now, folks) he handed me a USD 100 bill, because he thought what I’m doing is courageous and because he just won USD 2.000 at the casino last night. I was absolutely dumbfounded and, as I told him, I will never ever forget his nobel gesture.

    River crossing in southern Louisiana.

    Back on the bike I couldn’t really tell if the shakiness I felt was because of a wobbling rear tyre or because of the incredible generocity that life just spilled on me.

    Tune of the Day: Ragoo – Kings of Leon

    Even with a 100 $ note in my wallet, baked beans & canned corn is what I eat for dinner.

    Wild camping and eating from the can in Patterson, Louisiana.

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    On this day..

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