Last updated 10/22/09
I woke up Friday morning to overcast skies, but at least it
wasn't raining. Looking over my bike, I noticed a pile of fresh dirt next to the
rear wheel. Looks like something tried to make a home underneath my bike.
Remember the couple I met the night before. I stopped by their place on the way
out. Talk about motorcycle camping in style! The trailer had a double bed, and
they had a Coleman stove and a real coffee maker. I didn't tell them, but I
wouldn't have traded my setup for theirs, too much weight, too much stuff. but I
did enjoy the coffee though.
The wife's trike had a beautiful paint job, a touching tribute to 9/11.
I crossed the Sabine river into Louisiana on US 190 and on to DeRidder. I then
took a series of side roads through Sugartown, Grant, Mittie, and Oberlin
eventually making my way back to US 190 just west of Eunice. The flowers were in
bloom everywhere, much different than where I'd come from just a few days
earlier out west.
I had to stop and take a picture of this Western Auto store for my wife. She
always tells me a story of how it's where she bought her first guitar.
While eating lunch and studying the map again, I spotted a ferry that crossed
the Mississippi River just north of Opelousas at New Roads, so I had to make my
way up there. Once I'd lined up and started talking to the locals, I learned
that it ran every 20 minutes, and was free from the west side, from the east
side it cost a dollar. It turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip.
Anyone can drive over a bridge, but it takes a real adventurer to cross the
Mississippi River on a ferry!
This huge barge crossed right in front of us.
The landing on the other side, in St. Francisville.
I got on Hwy 10 on the other side of the river and rode across the panhandle of Louisiana
towards Mississippi. The road was great with gentle rolling hills,
green pastures, and little traffic. I crossed into Mississippi at Bogalusa and
continued on to Wiggins where I picked up Hwy 29 north heading towards the
Desoto National Forest. Before I got to the NF, I came across a campground at a
large reservoir just outside of town. I was getting dark, so I stopped. The
Ranger warned me that the tent camping was primitive, water being 20 yards away
from my site, bathrooms a further 20, and a dirt road leading in. Knowing where
I'd been, I assured him it would be OK.
The primitive campsite:
1, Salt Lake City, Utah to Escalante, Utah
Day 2, Escalante, Utah to Tuba City, Arizona
Day 3, Tuba City, Arizona to Show Low, Arizona
Day 4, Show Low, Arizona to Silver City, New Mexico
Day 5, Silver City, New Mexico to Guadalupe NP, Texas
Day 6, Guadalupe NP, Texas to Big Bend NP, Texas
Day 7, Big Bend NP, Texas to Rock Springs, Texas
Day 8, Rock Springs, Texas to Martin Dies Jr SP,
10 & 11, Desoto NF, Ms to St. George Island, Fl to Christmas, FL
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