Day 18 - Cemetary to Riverwalk

Trip Start Jul 03, 2013
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Trip End Jul 25, 2013


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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Woke up none too early, got breakfast at the hotel, and then hit the town. First thing was taking the New Orleans streetcar uptown. Stopped at Lafayette Cemetary #1 to browse, and then the streetcar back to the French quarter. Wandered to Jackson Square to see the artwork and people, then tried to find a Po-Boy sandwich place on the way back to the hotel (a bit of drama between the girls). Ate lunch and headed out of town for long drive to San Antonio. Arrived after dark, and found our first 5 hotels were all booked for the night. Never mind I thought, get some dinner and find something on the outskirts afterwards. Little did I know the entire town was sold out. Dinner was good, and we followed it up with a Riverwalk. Then started the search for a hotel, which we did find at 1am, 30 miles south of town. Girls didn't get settled and sleeping until nearly 3am.

States Visited: Louisiana, Texas*
Stops Made: Lafayette Cemetary, St. Charles Streetcar, San Antonio Riverwalk
Meals: breakfast in hotel; lunch at Streetcar Cafe; dinner at Streetgrass Steakhouse
Accommodations: Best Western in Lytle, Texas (only thing found)
Miles Driven: 566 miles
Driven on Interstates: 566 (100%)
Drive Time: 10:01 (~63 mph avg)
Weather: mild 80's with humidity to start the day, hitting low 90's through midday, and maintaining high 80's in the evening

Movie Watched: (none)

Highlights:
- nice breakfast in the hotel
- cool streetcar ride on St. Charles line
- nice conductor of streetcar who helped me out when ticket machine glitched
- cool walk through Lafayette Cemetary #1
- nice stroll around Jackson Square in New Orleans
- fun times watching silver painted street performers
- driving through towns like Baton Rouge
- great dinner at Streetgrass Steakhouse in San Antonio
- incredible evening Riverwalk

Lowlights:
- long drive on interstate through Louisiana and Texas
- leaving New Orleans late that caused changing plans to visit San Antonio and then Austin
- accident on I-10 that required long detour and 20 wasted minutes
- having to call 50-60 hotels before finding a room @ 2am 30 miles from San Antonio
- getting bad directions to hotel, and it costing a phone call and 15 minutes wasted late at night
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