Houma local Stu Babin started “Tour de T-Bone” in 2014 with cycling friends and called it “Tour de Swamp.” The event will be happening again in Downtown Houma this Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 a.m.
The ride will begin and end in the parking lot adjacent to the Waterlife Museum. Babin said he likes to play tour guide to all the bayou/swamp roads he has ridden and knows so well. Since the event’s inception, Babin said the popularity has grown and gets around 40-50 riders. He has recruited his father and others to help run the event and has considered making it a more formal event for the area.
With Hurricane Ida and recovery efforts ongoing, it pushed Babin to take the event to the next level. He has permitted the event with Terrebonne Parish and has gotten some supporting groups and sponsors to benefit Hurricane Ida’s recovery efforts. He’d like to highlight a particular group, Pastors Army, who he said has been boots on the ground in the Dularge and Dulac areas helping residents rebuild. He said he and his daughter have recently made a trip to help the group and they are doing amazing things in the bayous. This led to the decision of Babin waiving registration fees and asking for donations to go to Pastors Army instead.
They are also saluting to veterans, Babin being one himself, and have decided to use the USS Terrebonne Parish LST-1156 as a namesake and as a focus on this year’s event. He has reached out to their reunion group and found that one of their past ship members lives in Thibodaux who will come share a few words with the cyclers before they take off at 8 a.m.
Babin has been organizing the event with the Houma Main Street Association who is also a sponsor. He said Ms. Anne Picou told him about the South Louisiana Veterans Outreach (SLVO) that is doing a Gumbo Kick-Off that same afternoon. Babin then reached out to Brok Torbert, SLVO President, and they are piggy-backing the two events. Babin announced that t-shirt sales will go directly to the SLVO and their Ida recovery efforts for local veterans. “Two things I am passionate about,” Babin said,” are fitness/activity and supporting the military, but of course uniting a community right now is imperative with so many still struggling.”
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