Kyle Petty Cross-Country Charity Ride Daily Update – Days 6 & 7

Rider magazine asked our two good friends David Andreas and John Puerner, who are participating in the 20th Anniversary of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, to keep us posted on the ride’s progress with a daily blog. Each entry will cover the previous day’s events (or perhaps the two previous days). Here’s their report from the sixth and seventh ride days on Thursday, May 8, and Friday, May 9, 2014.

May 8

At just 291 miles, today’s route from Beaumont, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana, is our shortest day. We had a fuel stop in Broussard, Louisiana (near Lafayette) and enjoyed a small snack of Wendy’s Snack Wraps to tide us over until the mid-afternoon arrival in New Orleans.

KPCR en route from Beaumont to New Orleans.
KPCR en route from Beaumont to New Orleans.

The NOLA escorts were fantastic, blocking off the intersections in the city and the I-10 lanes for us. After negotiating a hotel ramp to the seventh floor level, we were ready for some good times in the Big Easy.

Everyone was anticipating our time in New Orleans to be “too much”–too much food, too much drink, and too much fun! As we walked about the French Quarter we could see many of the riders in their Coca-Cola shirts, partaking in the pleasures of New Orleans. We were on our own for dinner, which meant gumbo and beignets for most of us!

KPCR arriving in New Orleans
Arriving in New Orleans just in time to watch the NFL Draft and enjoy the city’s French Quarter.

Throughout the evening, the football fans (like us)–and of course, Herschel Walker–couldn’t help but check the television screens to see what was happening in the NFL Draft. We had an early start for Friday’s ride to Tallahassee, Florida, so we all got in early…NOT!

May 9

Racing Electronics sponsored today’s ride from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Tallahassee, Florida, all on I-10. While several of our rider family celebrities needed to leave the Ride in New Orleans due to working commitments, we were happy to have Donnie Allison join us for our final stretch.

KPCR en route from New Orleans to Tallahassee
En route from New Orleans to Tallahassee.

We were expecting a little rain as we left the hotel, but were lucky to only hit a few showers after our first fuel stop in Slidell, Louisiana. By the time we arrived for our second fuel stop in Daphne, we were ready for a lunch of fresh Firehouse subs–and surprise Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches, too. We moved with deliberate speed to our third fuel stop in Bonifay, Florida, and arrived in Tallahassee for our last night on the road.

KPCR arriving in Tallahassee
A crowd greets the KPCR upon arrival in Tallahassee.

The scenery from New Orleans to Tallahassee varied from busy ports to rural towns and mature pine forests along the Interstate. I suspect we all are looking forward to our route through northern Florida tomorrow, with the final leg on A-1-A to Daytona Beach. Total mileage for the day, 388.

David Andreas and John Puerner

Previous Blog Entries:
The Kickoff
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Next Blog Entry:
Day 8 and Final Thoughts


  1. How does a “regular” group of people go about getting an escort with the authority to block off city intersections and portions of highway, preventing fellow citizens from going about their daily business? While charity runs are great, some people have obligations and responsibilities that are even more important (ie, healthcare professionals, emergency service workers, etc.) who need to get to/from their jobs.


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