Henderson – Two years ago Tiny and Sally Robin of Henderson met Steve and Cynthia Montgomery of McGehee, Ark. on a Saturday morning at Fred’s in Mamou and quickly became friends.
The Robins were celebrating Tiny’s birthday and the Montgomerys were part of Cycle Zydeco. After a morning of dancing and visiting at Fred’s, Tiny handed Steve a note with his cell number, saying that he would cook for them next time they were in the area.
A couple of months ago Tiny received a phone call from Steve saying they were coming back to Acadiana.
Tiny started planning the menu – shrimp boulettes, crawfish etouffee, boudin, potato salad and chocolate chip cookie cake. On Thursday, April 26, the first day of the cycle ride, Tiny served the group from Arkansas a home cooked meal at Rocky’s Sports Bar in Henderson.
For the past 10 years, Cycle Zydeco has held a four-day event for cyclists to ride through the Acadiana area.
According to a statement on the Cycle Zydeco website the event is on hiatus so that organizers could re-evaulate the structure of the tour.
But that didn’t stop a small group from Kansas and Arkansas from coming on their own.
Montgomery, a CPA, says “everyone has been so nice.” He also admires the pride the people take in their property, “all the lawns are so well manicured and landscaped.”
The group from McGehee, Arkansas included Kenny and Melissa Gober, Steve and Cynthia Montgomery, Dr. Mike and Connie Lally, Charlie and Donna Turner, and Don and Helen Wesson. They enjoyed the feast prepared for them, with a message to the Kansas group whom they had rode with earlier during the day. Montgomery said “Next time, guys, answer your phones. You missed out on some great food.”