Howdy Y'All - Happy Ash Wednesday

Trip Start Feb 06, 2013
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Trip End Mar 12, 2013


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Au revoir Nawlins and Louisiana and hello Texas. We left this morning in rain after breakfast of yogurt and wonderful French pastries. I can't say I am disappointed to leave the hustle and bustle of Mardi Gras behind. I'm at a loss for words to describe the Mardi Gras spirit, crowds, chaos and behaviours. It meant hour long lineups in restaurants, difficult traffic situations and constant noise which I have difficulty with. We would both like to return to appreciate more of the arts and culture side of the city.

We took I10 all the way today - pretty straight forward. I cannot remember a time when I have travelled on so many bridges over water. The first one was at least 18 miles long as we traversed cypress swamp. The highway takes you north to Baton Rouge where the temperature was in the 40s with a very cool wind blowing from the north. There was tons of traffic the whole way with loads of trucks and left lane hogs. This meant that even though the speed limit in Texas is 75 mph one can rarely do it.

The cell phone seems to be working well. Carolyn called us and it took several tries before she and Richard managed to have a conversation since there were not many cell towers in the bayous. I managed to call our financial advisor Rodney as he had e-mailed that he would like to make a portfolio change. I think he was surprised when I said I was on my way to Baton Rouge. Maybe he thought of the restaurant of that name in the Eaton Centre? When it works technology is awesome!

The highway heads southerly towards Texas through Lafayette and Lake Charles. The latter is a huge refining centre that reminded me of Gary, Indiana.

The Texas Welcome Centre is situated on the federally protected Blue Elbow swamp. The temperature was starting to climb and there were turtles sunning themselves there. We picked up some Texas literature, had a quick bite to eat of left-over pizza and hit the road. We really wanted to make it through Houston before rush hour and get west of there. I10 is at least 6 lanes wide in Houston and there are additional HOV and EZ Pass lanes. It passes to the north of downtown and the office towers. We had already decided not to stop there but press on so we could spend some time in San Antonio on Valentines Day.
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