Florida !!! The Lost Frontier ???

Trip Start Jan 04, 2009
Trip End Mar 09, 2009

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Friday, January 30, 2009

I had a great early start this morning and rode East on Highway 10 into New Orleans where I made a quick visit to the French Quarter area. My wife has wanted to visit here for years and I can see why. It is very compact, but shows signs of wear and tear, especially after Hurricane Katrina. As I left New Orleans and headed east it was apparent the damage from Katrina is still very visible. There are a lot of large businesses that are abandoned, and many houses that are boarded over. But within fifteen minutes there are many new homes, neighbourhoods, roads and businesses, so there are definitely signs of recovery.
I continued East on Highway 10 and experienced a continuous series of elevated highways that are only ten to twenty feet above the water. They went on for at least twenty kilometres. What is very apparent in this area is that water rules as it is everywhere. It is now very clear to me how easy it was for the rising water can cause so much damage, especially combined with high winds.
The beached along the coast were marvellous. They are the whitest sand and go on for miles, and there were no people on them. There were also many shrimp boats that seemed to be very busy.
It was back through Alabama, then finally into Florida. I always wanted the free glass of orange juice and Karen, the lady at the Welcome Center made sure I was taken care of, took my picture and helped me reserve a room for the night. She was a terrific lady who couldn't do enough.
As I approached another long bridge, I came across the sign to make sure you had enough fuel. I expected it to go on for ever, but it was only a couple of kilometres
I passed though a very interesting beach area and was fascinated by the "space house".
I ended the day in Destin at another Motel 6,and went for dinner at a Fisherman's Wharf.
Distance Travelled: 430 miles (688 Km)
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stsujita on

Smell the roses
Hope you are taking time to smell the roses, John.
I have always wanted to go to New Orleans,Louisiana
Georgia and the Carolinas. Also would like to
see New England. Maybe we should have a family
reunion sometime in one of those places! Cuz.

lynneternosky on

Beaches, Sun, Sand and shrimp
I am so glad you saw recovery along the way form the hurricane. seems you are flying by some beautiful places beckoning your to stop. Do you have a new agenda? or are you planning to return with company to some of these historical places.

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