Thursday 10-7-10 is a rest day in Baton Rouge. We rise early and clean our bikes before breakfast. We then ride to a bike shop to get spare tubes for Shirley. She has encountered 3 flats since we began. We then rode to downtown Baton Rouge. Louisiana's state capital, which has an interesting mix of old and new architecture. We cycled the trail on top of the levee which separates parts of BR from the Mississippi River. The trail also took us to the campus of LSU. In 1699, French explorers saw a red cypress pole that marked the boundary between the Houma and Bayou Goula Indian tribes. The French called this tree "Le Baton Rouge", the red stick. One of the state's most colorful governors was the infamous Huey Long, "The Kingfish", who ruled every corner of the state like a banana republic dictator from 1935 to 1945. He even shamefully appointed his brother as the State Treasurer. Huey was shot to death on the steps of the capital building in 1945. Apparently there is no clear understanding about whether the shooting was an assassination or an accidental shooting by his trigger-happy body guard. Huey Long was the inspiration for a book titled, "All The King's Men." Some believe that his ghost now inhabits the old capital building which resembles a castle. This area is cajun country with the mysterious swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin nearby. Many believe these swamps are also haunted. The South does love its ghost stories.
We are having some photo glitches and are really tired so we will try to add them later. Sorry!