5000 Miles On My New Orleans Motor Scooter

I know what you’re thinking.  You are thinking, “Who cares?”  Yep, I’ve logged 5000 miles on my New Orleans motor scooter.  Since most people don’t drive motor scooters, they don’t realize how important this milestone is.  I very, very, very, rarely leave New Orleans city limits.  When my scooter clicked in with 5000 miles on its odometer, that meant that in the past year I have driven 5000 miles all over this wonderful city Frau Schmitt and I call home.

A brief video documentary of the moment I realized I had reached the 5000 mile mark:


Frau Schmitt is the better half of this operation.  We both patrol New Orleans on motor scooters.  Hers is blue.  Mine is green.  Mine has more mirrors.  Ladies and gentlemen, here is a portrait of your humble narrator:

One of Your New Orleans Goodwill Ambassadors.
A hotelier in New Orleans, a city in which everything seems larger than life.


Someone recently told me that this is the most awesome motor scooter picture she’s ever seen.  Well, welcome to my life.  I’m living in New Orleans and I’m living large.  Some people call your humble narrator the most interesting man in New Orleans.  Some people call your humble narrator the best dressed man in New Orleans.  I’m not here to comment on either.  Come stay at La Belle Esplanade when you visit New Orleans and you can be the judge.



My current, green, motor scooter is a little over a year old.  If you are a regular reader of our blog, and you should be, you’ll remember I was in a traumatic motor scooter accident last year.

There is a big difference between the gentleman pictured in the photo above and the shape I was in a year ago.

The day your humble narrator came home from the hospital

I’ve healed up nicely.  Thanks for asking.  Come see the proof for yourself.  I am as fit a fiddle and in top condition, back in the saddle as a New Orleans goodwill ambassador.

5000 miles on my motor scooter
Your humble narrator in front of the Pan Am Life Insurance Building after lunch at Tsumani.


Other people in our trade, and I’m talking about the hospitality industry in New Orleans, here, ask us how Frau Schmitt and I can always be rated the top place to stay in the city.  It is because we are always out and about on patrol.  When you drive a motor scooter, you go where you want, you park where you want.  You don’t know what the price of gas is.  When you get over 100 mpg, and you only buy a gallon or two of gasoline a week, you don’t worry about the price of gas—and you always buy premium.  You wouldn’t feed a prized thoroughbred just any old oats, would you?

I have 5000 miles on my New Orleans motor scooter.  Frau Schmitt and I go everywhere, during all seasons, at all hours of the day and night, all over New Orleans, to discover what is happening in this city that is dense and richly textured, with nary a dull moment and always some interesting detail unfolding wherever we go.  New Orleans has a surfeit of culture.  You can’t swing a broomstick in New Orleans without hitting something that has cultural and historical significance.  That is why we are the proud stewards of these three landmark properties:

La Belle Esplanade is the orange house in the middle.


5000 miles on my New Orleans motor scooter is an accomplishment, but it is a wan one.  I’m looking forward to at least 15,000 more miles, to and fro, zig-zagging all over New Orleans.  Adventure beckons!

Adventure should beckon you, too.  You can get the squeezed from a tube, out-of-a-can, lowest-common-denominator, New Orleans experience.  You get what you pay for.

You can book a room in a chain hotel.  You can rent an unoccupied room or house on AirBnB.  Or, you can meet two New Orleans goodwill ambassadors who are invested in making sure you experience the best that New Orleans has to offer off the usual tourist radar.  We care.  Introducing people to the real New Orleans is why La Belle Esplanade exits.  There is a tourist New Orleans, and then there is something much, much better.  You are on the right website.  Poke around.  When you are ready, make a reservation to stay here.  Good memories, the best kind, are made on our street.

-Have a great New Orleans day, wherever you happen to find yourself.

La Belle Esplanade

…ranked the #1 inn in New Orleans and in Louisiana, the #3 inn in the U.S., the #17 place to stay in the whole world.

Thursday, May 31, 2018:. As of today, my odometer reads 5038.  That’s 38 more miles of pure New Orleans goodness.  Be a New Orleanian, wherever you are. Cheers!