The Big Ride – New experiences of every kind! (Gulf Coastal Regional Florida / Biloxi, Mississippi

Over the past few days I’ve ridden through the Gulf Coastal Region of Florida and the word that comes to mind is “breathtaking”.  The beaches are pristine and like no other that I’ve experienced in my time here on this beautiful planet on which we live.  If the Universe is willing I hope to one day return to these parts.  Here is a short video of Navarre Beach located on Santa Rosa Island south east of Pensacola, FL.

My travels also took me to Biloxi, Mississippi which was incredibly historic and filled with new experiences.  Located on the Gulf of Mexico, it was one of the areas devastated by the tropical storm Katrina in 2005.  Some of the buildings were under 30 feet of water, while others were washed away as a result of this powerful hurricane.  As I drove along the shoreline the many empty lots with only the  remains of a foundation or a deserted parking lot reminded me of how lives were dramatically changed as a result of the costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States.  Many of the businesses have rebuilt or renovated after the storm and life continues to flourish in this beautiful city.  An example of this is the White House Hotel which was one of the places submerged under 30 feet of water.  It reopened in the past year after extensive renovations.

The White House Hotel, Biloxi MS was submerged under 30 feet of water as a result of Katrina
The White House Hotel, Biloxi MS was submerged under 30 feet of water as a result of Katrina

Whitehouse hotel and bike

The visit to this elegant hotel and restaurant was recommended to me by Ed Miles, a wonderful volunteer I met at the Biloxi Tourist Information Centre.  Another beautiful location in the city!

Biloxi Tourist Information Centre
Biloxi Tourist Information Centre

Here are a few photos of the historic French Quarters.  The area is filled with beautiful little shops, businesses and restaurants, including the Half Shell, a wonderful oyster bar where I had dinner.  Yes I did it!  I tried raw shucked oysters on the half shell.

A first that turned out well!
A first that turned out well!
Biloxi French Quarter
Biloxi French Quarter
Biloxi French Quarter
Biloxi French Quarter
Biloxi French Quarter
Biloxi French Quarter

In  addition to having a wonderful restaurant district, the city has a number of casinos…another first for me.  I’ve lived a sheltered life and not played the slots before which resulted in another favourable experience.  I walked away $33 richer after a few minutes…Ben & Jerry’s were the next to benefit…a win-win experience from my perspective 🙂

Hard Rock Casino
Hard Rock Casino

Biloxi also has a working marina and is home to a large fishing fleet.  The sky is reflective of the heat which reached 38 degrees Celsius earlier in the day.  Yup…it was a little warm riding into the city.  Earlier that day I managed to miss two major showers as I rode towards Biloxi.  You have to love that!

Biloxi marina
Biloxi marina

Biloxi Pier2Biloxi Pier

Biloxi Lighthouse
Biloxi Lighthouse

This was seen on the back of a state police vehicle…a great investment strategy 🙂

police

From here my journey has taken me to New Orleans, Louisiana – It’s an amazing fun filled city that is worthy of a blog of its own!  I’ll get back to you when the music stops 🙂

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Bonnie St Julien

Bonnie St Julien provides personal development and professional leadership coaching and mentoring, to support individuals who aspire to make a positive and meaningful difference in who they are, in what they do and how they do it. Bonnie is an accredited certified Coach and a certified Professional Behaviours (DISC) and Driving Forces (Motivators) Analyst, with over 25 years of public sector management experience, including as an Executive Director. In addition to her professional experience, Bonnie has overcome a number of personal challenges, providing her the determination and inner strength needed to get though whatever life hands her. Bonnie is also an avid motorcyclist who embraces life and lives it fully! Calling on Bonnie's extensive professional and life experience, individuals who work with Bonnie are transformed through the coaching process by gaining self-awareness and by taking incremental concrete action steps to achieve their desired goal and create meaningful and sustainable results in their lives, their work, their organizations, and their world! If you are looking to transform your life, Bonnie is the coach for you!

3 thoughts on “The Big Ride – New experiences of every kind! (Gulf Coastal Regional Florida / Biloxi, Mississippi

  1. Hi Bonnie
    I’m enjoying your blogs. Biloxi is now on my list of places to visit. This truly sounds like a great adventure – I couldn’t do the raw oyster thing.

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