Sight-seeing

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view from our room

We woke up pretty easily the next morning (although not early) and all took turns looking out from our balcony to the small park below and the city beyond.  After getting ready we headed down to the lobby to wait for the rest of our group.  Charlotte had an idea for somewhere to go to breakfast but the tourist concierge lady was quick--a little too quick--to present us with other options rather than just the requested directions.  We tried our best to politely extricate ourselves from her attention and then headed out.  We walked to a main street and eventually turned down Bourbon St which was in the process of washing away last night.  It's a pretty tame place at 10:00 in the morning :)

We encountered a line at Cafe Du Monde.  I was surprised at how quickly it moved.

Bourbon St lamp
  We were a big group of ten but by shoving three of the little round tables together, we managed.  The limited menu--only beignets to eat--meant our only real decision was what to drink.  When the waitress returned with the plates of the powdery pastries, we dug in happily, trying our best to keep our clothes clean.  (Overall we succeeded).

After breakfast we walked around the French Quarter.  We browsed a few shops and the aisles of the French Market.   I did not purchase anything but I loved looking at the signs for the different foods available and the tables of Mardi Gras masks.  The colors and designs on the masks were gorgeous.  We also were entertained by a Silver Man.

We headed back to the hotel since Chad was due to arrive soon.

statue musicians
  He beat us but the bar opened earlier so he was able to relax while waiting for us.

Tonight was the first day for the Expo so we hopped on the shuttle.  We entered through what turned out to be the back of the packet pick-up area but we found the tables without trouble.  The lines were really short which was good since I had to go change my corral.

When I signed up ten months earlier for the half marathon, I had estimated a time of two hours and forty-five minutes.  Fifteen minute miles had sounded like a doable goal.  However, as I had worked through a training program, the minutes started slipping away, and two weeks before the race I knew that I could finish in 2:15.  Fellow runners though encouraged me to aim for 2 hours flat.

Mardi Gras balcony
  Even on the flights to New Orleans, I still hadn't been sure of what time I would choose for my predicted finish.  I had finally decided to go for two hours with the plan of starting off with that pace group and just trying to stick with them as long as possible.  As a result of my changed time, I moved up about a dozen corrals to number Ten.  My sister and Tommy were in corrals several ahead of me while the rest of the group would start later.

We had fun walking around the rest of the Expo and making running-related purchases.  I was excited to come across some new flavors of the power cubes I had been eating during my long runs.   We ended up waiting awhile for the return shuttle.  It was darkening by the time we headed back to the hotel but we had our bib numbers.

We decided just to have dinner in the hotel restaurant since it was right there and we figured would be quicker (yeah, that was a mistake...two hours more or less to be seated, served, and checked out even though almost no one else was eating at that hour).  Because of the size of our group, we were split between a larger table and what we nicknamed the kiddie table (Tommy, Megan, Chad, and myself).  We had a great time chatting but towards the end of the meal most of us were beginning to droop.

spocklogic says:
Before race ambiance, eh? Nawlins is great!
Posted on: Sep 15, 2012
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view from our room
view from our room
Bourbon St lamp
Bourbon St lamp
statue musicians
statue musicians
Mardi Gras balcony
Mardi Gras balcony
flowers along balcony on the walk …
flowers along balcony on the walk…
flowers near an important building…
flowers near an important buildin…
St Louis Cathedral
St Louis Cathedral
my first glimpse of the Mississipp…
my first glimpse of the Mississip…
across from Cafe du Monde
across from Cafe du Monde
beignets and orange juice
beignets and orange juice
pralines
pralines
in a store window
in a store window
musician fountain
musician fountain
Neal and a new friend ;)
Neal and a new friend ;)
bicycle balcony
bicycle balcony
fountain
fountain
Silver Man
Silver Man
Silver Man with Chrissie
Silver Man with Chrissie
food sign
food sign
walking through the French Market
walking through the French Market
tiny park
tiny park
flag
flag
right in front of the cathedral
right in front of the cathedral
in a shop that we passed
in a shop that we passed
street near our hotel was being us…
street near our hotel was being u…
movie truck
movie truck
Check in at the expo
Check in at the expo
bibs
bibs
my original check in spot
my original check in spot
time left!!
time left!!
this made me laugh especially sinc…
this made me laugh especially sin…