Somewhere between Houston and Austin in the early morning hours of Feb. 21, Leyna, Hurricane and I stopped for our final fill-up before the home stretch, with our two bikes strapped securely to the rack on the back of the Taurus. The second part of our journey began late Sunday (Feb. 20) morning when we left her mom's house in Jackson, GA. We ended up driving a daunting 1,000 miles through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas in about 16 hours.
When packing the car to leave Cleveland, I was unsure (and for no good reason) that the rack would safely hold my Schwinn for the road trip. But by the time we made it to Georgia, I was confident enough to add Leyna's Huffy to the mix. Except for a some nerve-wracking bridges to cross over and a traffic jam in Lake Charles, LA, the road trip went very smoothly. We hit a Mardi Gras weekend traffic jam in Lake Charles, so we stopped to get some gumbo and a Po' Boy. Close to the Texas border, we decided to finish the rest of the trip that night.