Easy-Squeezy driving, but crappy roads

Trip Start Sep 07, 2013
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Trip End Oct 30, 2013


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Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Thursday, October 3, 2013

Oh great.  Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal just declared a state of emergency for this weekend for the hurricane headed to the coast.  We better beat it outta here tomorrow, long pedal flat.

Nice drive in the back roads.  We saw miles, and miles of sugar cane, and got to one spot where they were harvesting this stuff.  Wow, big machines, lots of them, heavy-loaded trucks.

Then we saw acres, and acres, and acres of FEMA trailers parked out in the fields left over from Katrina.  You talk about millions of taxpayer money sitting there, yikes. Must be a better way to dispose of stuff like this.

 There's a real advantage of going on the back roads - you see the real America, and quirky stuff about peoples lives.  There's a real disadvantage taking the back roads - you go through all these little towns.  Since I'm a certified world champion gawker, it's hard on my ability to drive a straight line, putting more pressure on the Tufie to watch the road.  My opinion????; she should just drive for god's sake.

We're staying at the Red Shoes RV Resort as part of the Coushatta casino complex.  Any time the word "resort" is in the name, it's usually super expensive.  This was $18, on level concrete pads, on the edge of an expansive lake with shuttle service to the casino. This the Tufie's paradise, and hopefully they'll have slots in the after life (EASY, I'm just joking, Pastor Smith).  Anyway, the leader of the Coushatta was known as Red Shoes "King of the Alabamas and Coosades" and led a vanguard of his people to Louisiana that expanded by assimilating other tribes. The brochure says "Today, Red Shoes' people have an awakening pride in the themselves, their heritage and their history....." which means that soon this park will cost $180 per night.

We're going to see Jay and Rachel Fries this weekend, but we still have a hike to go.  I've asked Jay to slip Rachel a little Valium because of our reputation for wildness at their house some time ago.
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