Louisiana Swamp Riders

Day 38 began at our mo-camping site outside Eunice at the L’Acadie Inn as the early morning workers revved up their diesel engines right next to us. Said workers also partied til midnight with loud country music and obnoxious joking and conversations at high decibels. Sooo,  our cyclists were not happy campers in the morning due to lack of sleep.

We did have a little hitchhiker on Bill’s bike but he did not go very far with Bill. When the frog realized Bill was going east he jumped off.

Louisiana Hitchhiker
Louisiana Hitchhiker
Leaving L'Acadie Inn - outside Eunice
Leaving L’Acadie Inn – outside Eunice
Watch out for the alligators or tire-gators
Watch out for the alligators or tire-gators

The cyclists did not have a happy ride today until they left the horrid, debris-strewn Route 190

Semi's and sh... shoulders on Route 190
Semi’s and sh… shoulders on Route 190

and traveled through the rural farmland towards New Roads. As they passed False River area, Jeff and Kim thought it would be a nice location for a part-time abode.

Approaching the Mississippi, bridge in the distance
Approaching the Mississippi, bridge in the distance

The roads improved as the cyclists headed towards the bridge across the Mississippi. The crossing was captured by the cyclists.

Photographers near the top of the bridge
Photographers near the top of the bridge
Barge on the Mississippi
Barge on the Mississippi

The team arrived at the Peaceful Pines campground and were relieved to find a quiet location after the debauchery of the night before.

Kim cooked up some great porkchops, mashed potatoes and her greens concoction. As always, she is a great chef.

Tomorrow the team heads toward Franklinton and possibly a stay at the Bogue Chitta State Park.

Getting rid of Deridder

Swollen creeks turn into swamps
Swollen creeks turn into swamps

Day 37 -The team managed to dodge the raindrops as they left Deridder and took a different route after leaving Oberlin, heading south towards Eunice.

Leaving Deridder, LA
Leaving Deridder, LA

Along today’s route were plenty of rice fields in various stages of harvest.

Rice fields
Rice fields
More rice fields
More rice fields

Today’s ride was characterized by 72 miles between two wet weather systems punctuated by glass causing 2 flat tires. The team was ready to stop for the day outside Eunice. The RV park at which I waited for them looked a little too dicey with a flowing river next to the campground and the prediction of more rain tonight.

Rising waters
Rising waters

The cyclists decided to stop at an RV park closer to town. This park did not have a campsite available but did have an available room in their motel. So we are sharing the shower in the motel room and Bill and Karen will sleep in the RV, while Kim and Jeff take the room. You know they are still newlyweds! This style camping has been nicknamed “mo-camping”.

RV camping in the motel parking lot - drier than the campground down the road
RV camping in the motel parking lot – drier than the campground down the road

The rain has started again and I am glad we are parked on a concrete parking lot with good drainage instead of in the middle of a bayou-campground next to an overflowing river.

Since we are in the middle of Cajun Country we will venture back into the town of Eunice for another Cajun dinner tonight. I think I will stick with some bland chicken. We ended up at Jimbo’s Restaurant and folks had alligator balls, fried oysters, fried crawfish, and catfish. Like I told you already, I settled for a grilled chicken sandwich. It was ALL good.

It got dark early tonight – I hate the time changes. Tomorrow there is supposed to be sun as the team heads to New Roads Louisiana.