The last couple of days has really revealed southern hospitality. I was actually getting a little bit jaded about the trip when yesterday I stopped at a local dinner. I talked with a couple for a while and ate my burger. On my way out to pay for my lunch the gentleman said that he paid for my lunch. Wow! Unfortunately I can't remember his name, but if he or his wife is reading this right now thanks again.
After that I road around NAS Joint Reserve Base Belle Chase because my logging room wasn't ready yet. I found myself riding through base housing. There was a lady washing her car and her husband, who was watching ;) , asked as I was riding by how far I was going. So I stopped and we chatted. He went inside to grab his camera and when he came out he had a hat. He asked me to sign it, MY FIRST AUTOGRAPH! He then handed me some cash and they both wished me luck and great travels.
Then today I met another couple at a gas station / café. Again we also talked for a while as I ate my sandwich. Joe and his wife Regina left and I finished my lunch. As I was finished Joe came back into the café and handed me some money and said that he was inspired and wished me luck and wanted to help with my expenses. Later when I went to put it into my wallet I found that he handed me $100. I am totally blown away. I can't believe how generous people can be. Joe and Regina THANK YOU so much! You two are truly an inspiring couple.
Then to top the evening off I stopped at the Venice Marina restaurant. I had a wonderful loaded baked potato. However, it was not loaded like you would normally think. It was loaded with shrimp and crab and a great sauce. I enjoyed the meal greatly! When I went to pay the waitress wouldn't let me pay and she tanked me for my service and for what I was doing.
I sit here tonight humbled as I write this with the overwhelming generosity of the Louisianan people that I have come across. Now that I think about it, all of them live in Belle Chase, LA. Must be something in the water. So, once again, my thanks to you all!