Today (Thursday 4/28) was an eventful day for us. After spending nearly two months in Texas (most of it in the heart of Texas)we crossed over into Louisiana. I can't believe we were in Texas that long! We decided to follow the Louisiana Outback Trail (LOT), an All American Highway, most of the way, AKA as Highway 82. towards our Friday destination of Broussard, LA.
The bridges offered spectacular view of the waterways
Finally we crossed into Louisiana
We caught Highway 82 at Port Arthur, Texas, and then followed it along the Gulf to Abbeville, LA. The highway is a narrow two lane road with out shoulders most of the way but with very little traffic. This was all new territory for both Joel and I. There were lots of rice paddies and crawfish farms and bayous along the way and much to my surprise, grazing cattle. I didn't realize there was ranching in these parts.
Near Cameron we had to take a short ferry across the water way. I've never seen a ferry where the cars were parked sideways.
We had planned to breakup the 250 miles drive somewhere in between but never found the right spot. The scenery was mesmerizing and far different from Texas and the mileage and day went by fast.
These are rice paddies which also grow crawfish. The craw fish grow naturally and the farmers put out baited traps to catch them. I was looking forward to some good crawfish etouffee.
We drove into Abbeville, an old sugar cane town and found a quiet neighborhood street to park on for the night. Joel discovered that Abbeville is also the home of Betty's RV Park, known for outstanding hospitality and famous to many RVers. The next morning we got on our bikes and headed out for Betty's and stopped in to check it out. We talked with a couple from Florida who were heading for Amarillo, TX for the summer and confirmed the park was just as friendly as we had heard. I can't imagine anyone spending the summer in Amarillo which gets just as hot as Florida. Betty herself later appeared and we chatted with her for awhile before continuing on our ride, but not before making a metal note this would be a fun place to spend some time.
The town of Abbeville has lots of old, interesting buildings and churches.
St. Mary's Catholic Church and the interior.
This old house was next to the church. It might have housed the priest?
We headed for our rendezvous with our WIN friends at Maxies RV Park in Broussard, where we might stay for the week and met up with our WIN friends. Catching up with WINS means busy times, so stay tuned for more. Joel will have to make time to figure out why the gas spewed out the other side and how to fix it. ..He is known as Mr. Fix It, so I'm sure it won't be too big a deal.