Destination Louisiane: Exercise with a view, on the bayou | KTVE


“It is immersing your self into the Louisiana panorama, however on a brightly coloured growth field” – Director of Operations, NOLA Pedal Barge

NEW ORLEANS, La. It’s a good way to train, have some enjoyable, and beat the warmth: biking on a barge!

NOLA Pedal Barge Director of Operations, Jeffrey Chitek, took our reporter, Stephanie Oswald, out on the water to take a look at this distinctive option to benefit from the nice outdoor in Orleans Parish.

It’s the right mix of pelicans, pedaling and partying.

“You may social gathering on right here, you can even have a party, you’ll be able to have an workplace outing, household gathering,” says Chitek.

These distinctive excursions began simply earlier than the pandemic, and Chitek says enterprise is flourishing, even with the record-breaking warmth.

“Individuals like to be on the water. We’re in open air, sunshine, so it’s not such as you’re cramming individuals into a decent bus or a small restaurant or bar. It’s a great way to get outdoors nonetheless form of preserve your distance and be secure in open air,” he says.

Floating dance events occur, however it’s additionally about celebrating the pure great thing about the area.

Right here’s the nutshell description from Chitek, who has 4 boats on the bayou: “Simply being within the backwaters of Louisiana, seeing the crab fishermen and on a regular basis small-boat fishermen, it’s immersing your self into the Louisiana panorama, however on a brightly coloured growth field.”

However earlier than you get apprehensive about how arduous it’s essential to pedal, pay attention up! The reality is, you don’t actually need to pedal in any respect!

There’s a 90 horse-power motor hidden under the brightly coloured paddlewheel.

So even when your group spends extra time partying than pedaling, you’ll nonetheless get again to the dock.

Reserve the entire cruise for those who like, or be part of a bunch. The most important barge holds simply 22 individuals. Excursions go away from Eddie Pinto’s Marina.

BYOB, carry your personal meals, and convey your personal sunscreen.

It’s $59 per particular person for the one-hour and 45-minute tour, or you’ll be able to hire your complete barge for a personal outing. Click on right here to seek out out extra about pricing and pedaling. There’s even a brand new Hawaiian-themed barge, a Tiki boat full with a thatched roof! (Keep tuned, you may even see that journey in a future episode of Vacation spot Louisiane!)

Feeding the wildlife is frowned upon on this protected space… however time on the water, with pals, will feed your soul.