|Riverside Walk on Mississippi, New Orleans|
Few nights in New Orleans as Laura wrapped up a conference she was attending and we started our full trip together. Two great days strolling around the French Quarter. Based ourselves out of the Dauphine Orleans Hotel as we made our rounds. Morning walking tour with Pay What You Want – Walking Tours which was a great history lesson. Chicory Coffee, New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and jazz filtering out of every doorway you pass are just some of the memories.
|Mexico Beach, FL|
Packed up the panniers on Saturday morning and headed East across Lake Pontchartrain towards Mississippi Gulf Shore. Got off the interstate for a quick 40 minute thunderstorm which left us with blue sky for the rest of the bike trip around the gulf.
From Louisiana to Mississippi then Alabama and into Florida. The scenic route on a hot sunny Saturday tried our patience. Highway 98 along the coast was filled with pickup trucks and stop lights. Biloxi, Mobile, Pensacola and every white sand beach town was being overrun by inlanders. Stopped for oysters and iced tea at Flora-Bama on the Alabama/Florida State line and then made haste to get on US 20 to avoid any more traffic.
Arrived in Mexico Beach around 7 pm and quickly found our room and something to eat in a beachside bar. Long hot day that was rewarded with a quick swim in the ocean and a cool soft bed at the Buena Vista Motel.
|Sunset Mexico Beach, FL|
Tomorrow we will make our way to Savannah. Back roads through Northern Florida and into Georgia. Perhaps a little BBQ and more iced tea on the way….