Season 1, Episode 5
Louisiana: Crescent City
For this ride from Lafayette to NOLA, Norman and Brent Hinds fish for crawdads, meet an alligator whisperer and get tattoos.
Ride with Norman Reedus is currently not in season.
Norman Reedus recalls being the Grand Marshall of the Endymion Parade at New Orleans Mardi Gras not too long ago. Now, he's excited to return to Louisiana for a three-day trip with more time to explore.
Norman starts his trip on his custom Triumph Tiger XCx in Lafayette, La. He reunites with Brent Hinds, a guitarist for the metal band Mastodon, whom Norman met backstage at a concert. Before they hit the road, they grab a bite to eat at Taco Sisters, a hole-in-the-wall joint and local favorite of Brent's. Brent shares how he got started riding as a child before hopping on his own Triumph Tiger Explorer.
The guys ride off to see Mike Clay, a legendary crawfisherman, and try their hand at catching crawfish in the bayou. "I'm going to stink for the next couple of days," Norman admits. Norman breaks his net twice, but eventually manages to catch a few. Later, the guys race their crawfish and eat their catch of the day.
The guys ride through Henderson, Louisiana and make it to Atchafalaya Basin Landing & Marina to visit with Captain Tucker Friedman, an expert in all things alligators. They ditch their bikes for an airboat to enjoy a swamp tour with Tucker. After Tucker beckons hiding alligators by name, Brent deems him the "alligator whisperer."
That night, the guys arrive in Baton Rouge. In the morning, they spot a riverboat casino and sit down to play slot machines and blackjack with a dealer known as "The Terminator." Once satisfied with their winnings, they continue on their journey.
The guys make a pit stop at Middendorf's, a seafood restaurant, where they meet a fellow bike rider. Norman encourages Brent to test out the rider's Suzuki Savage 650 that's been converted to electric. "It's kind of like a magic carpet ride," Norman promises. Brent takes it for a spin and is impressed by how smooth it is.
Norman and Brent finally make it to their final destination on the trip: New Orleans. Their first stop in town is Abracadabra Tattoos where they tell artists Jordan Barlow - Brent's longtime pal - and Cornbread their idea to both get inked in honor of Lemmy, the late founder of the rock band Motorhead. Norman requests a simple tattoo of Lemmy's name written "like a kid did it" on his chest, while Brent gets a black spade with an "L" inside of it on his forearm.
The guys visit Sallie Ann Glassman, a high voodoo priestess, to learn more about the practice. Brent grows emotional after participating in a ceremony in honor of legendary practitioner, Marie Laveau. Afterwards, the guys discuss their experience while eating at Elizabeth's and Norman notes he discovered a new aspect of Brent's personality - a softer side."
The guys meet up with members of Caramel Curves, an all-female riding group, and admire their custom-painted bikes and pink Mohawk helmets. In a pair of high heels, Coco, one of the group's founders, shows off a bike trick and burns a perfect circle around her. "I think I'm in love," Norman proclaims. Later that evening, the guys drop off the girls at a party and pose for a photo before saying their goodbyes.
On their last night in town, Norman and Brent explore Frenchmen Street in search of a bar inspired by Norman's film Boondock Saints. Though they don't find it, Norman runs into a huge group of fans eager to meet him.
The next day, the guys leave Louisiana and Norman finds it fitting to quote Bob Dylan: "There's a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better."