Wednesday, November 28, 2012

THE Trip, THE Encore' :: New Orleans to New Iberia, Louisiana

Copyright 2012, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

We have an aversion to running our rig on I-10. Well, we have had in the past.  Reason, it tore us up, it was rough, lots of "chucking", you open cupboards later and everything falls out, it is hard on a rig.  So, when we left New Orleans we decided to try 90 west to New Iberia where we were going to stop to learn all we could and more about Tabasco sauce.  Yea, really!  LOL  Friend Mina and her hubs stopped there a while back and they kept reminding us that it was something we needed to do.  So, we decided to listen and just do it!

Man and I had run 90 before back in about 2007.  It was a pretty good road then.  Now, it is pretty good, decent, till about 20 miles east of New Iberia.  Whew, then, it acted like I-10.  Chucking.  ICK.  But, we managed and here are a few shots taken from Jolly at 55 and 60 MPH.  It was a rather gray day, but no rain.

Below, a bridge, I know, boring stuff, just a bridge.  But for some reason I have become enamored with bridges and the structure as a piece of art. I know, weird, eh??

Saw some barges along the many water ways, rivers,  and canals.  Saw sugar cane growing and some rice fields ready for their next planting.  Saw some crop fields that we could not identify the crops.

90 is built with many bridges, some high ones like the one above, others running for some distance, but, just feet above the swamps and bayous.  As you drive along you can look down at the Cyprus trees and their water loving "knees".

And, a double bridge, we drove over the one on the left.  Love Love Love the structure of the one on the right.

We were driving along the Atchafalya National Heritage Area.  I had NO clue, so went surfing.  From what I can determine we were driving the Bayou Teche Corridor Region, see this map.  This page says it is the nation's "largest river swamp, containing almost one million acres of America's most significant bottomland hardwoods, swamps, bayous, and backwater lakes."

So, even though 90 is not as good a road as it was, except for those 20 miles of serious chucking, we did enjoy our ride from New Orleans to New Iberia. We found a campground to park the two rigs (our friends J & D and their Motorhome joined us in New Orleans, we will travel together for the next several months!)  and rested a bit, the next day, Tabasco!



Karen said...

Love that first bridge! I've not seen one like it in all my extensive (ha ha) travels. It is indeed a piece of art.

Lynne Carothers said...

Oh yes, great bridge! Any second now I expect to see the head of the sea serpent pop up on one end! lol

I am enjoying your trip. Thanks for taking us along!