After our short boon docking stay in Port Lavaca we continued the eastward movement. Traveling through Houston suburbs to Galveston Island along a state road that turned into a toll road without any warning cost us $10.50. Is that the future of America? Will we have great roads but have to pay for every mile we move on them? Is that what the Donald means when he talks about the infusion of private money in his infrastructure plan?
We spent one week 10 miles west of Galveston. Jamaica Beach is a small Galveston Island community with a very long and wide beach stretching out to the horizon in both directions. In good old Texas fashion one can drive a vehicle in designated areas right down to the waterline. We observed people set-up their camping chairs right next to the exhaust pipes of their trucks and sit there all day long dangling their feet into the water. Almost nobody walks off the beach parking areas.
Greyish skies persisted most days with temperatures of 85F/30C and levels of humidity approaching 100%. Some folks say that the high humidity is good for ones skin. Let’s hope they are right.
Moving east through Texas and crossing the Louisiana state line. Large parts of Interstate 10 are not only extremely busy, but also extremely bumpy. So bumpy, that one may lose dental fillings.
The weather forecast for Breaux Bridge, LA indicated a 70-90% probability for thunderstorms and rain over the next 24 hours. Well, they were correct. The next day provided 24 hours of thunderstorms and lots of heavy rain. The lightning was occasionally so close; one could feel the ground shaking. Once the rain stopped we explored parts of the Atchafalaya Basin along lonely levee roads taking the Honda Fit into the largest swamp in the USA.
In a marvelous feat of engineering Interstate 10 has been elevated across the Atchafalaya Basin from Breaux Bridge almost all the way to Baton Rouge. In Baton Rouge Interstate 10 crosses the Mississippi River. From there it was only another 70 miles through wetlands and along Lake Pontchartrain to reach New Orleans, the Big Easy.
While staying in New Orleans we visited the Oak Alley Plantation approximately 40 miles south-west of town in Vacherie, LA on the banks of the Mississippi.
We stopped for a few days in Biloxi, MS. A small city dominated by casinos stretched out along the Gulf of Mexico with really not very much to do. My advise to anybody with active dogs is to not go there. It seems that Mississippi does not like dogs very much. Enough said.
We are currently settled for a one-week stay in Pensacola, FL. Pensacola will probably mark the easternmost point of our 2017 travel. We will turn left and head straight north through Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for an extended stay on Lake Superior. Later we will turn left again and head to the left coast. There is more to come. Stay tuned.