Texans are proud of their heritage. The Lone Star flag flies ubiquitously, more than the Stars and Stripes. Texas was an independent country for 10 years before joining the Union. Many Texans are dissatisfied with current American policies. They again desire succession and to recreate the Texas republic today. Americans have always traditionally supported the right to self determination and it seems logical that should include our own states. However, the grand plantations of Louisiana are graphic reminders that much of the population was subjugated and politically unrepresented 150 years ago. What a travesty that our great country embraced the institution of human slavery. Maybe we are making some progress.
Today I returned to the solo, unsupported ride over 73 flat miles of southern Louisiana. I have passed over a lot of swamps and bayous. Much of the road today was perilous with high speed traffic, but no shoulder. I had my second flat tire over 2400 miles. I am staying in a cute, country town with a large, restored historic district. One gallery had a nice photo exhibit of Haiti. No more talks or media on the books, just pedaling.