Hank – We had a light breakfast and hit the road. Today’s route was easy. Go south a bit to US Hwy 90 and turn right. Stay on 90 until you reach Welsh, Louisisna.
We chose Welsh because the distance was right–about 48 miles–and they have a city park with a campground for $15 a night.
After a few miles we found another Louisiana license plate. It’s in pretty good shape so I packed it. This time next year it should be on a license plate guitar and resonating the blues.
We found The Donut Kitchen in Rayne, Louisiana which claims to be the frog capital of the world. Frog statues are all over town. It’s pretty cool. A couple of the locals gave us some advice for getting around Lake Charles (tomorrow) and avoiding the long bridge crossings. We thanked them very much.
Not long after Rayner we had brand new pavement through Crowley. That was sweet. After Crowley we no longer had a shoulder to ride on. But it was fine because there was so little traffic.
We stopped at the Estherwood Country Store and fueled up on some fried chicken and french fries. A kitten named Simba kept begging for food so we tossed a couple pieces of chicken skin his way. He seemed happy with it.
Arriving in Welsh, the sign at the park told us to go to the police station and pay for a permit. We rode there only to learn that we didn’t need to pay since we’re in a tent. Plus, we can pitch our tent anywhere in the park. We checked the place out and found the only open bathroom so we camped under the pavilion it’s connected to. Hopefully we get a good night’s sleep.
Kathy – Our total distance today was 52 miles. It was a cool 41 degrees when we left. Happy to be 10 degrees warmer than yesterday. The sun was shining and it felt good on the body as we rode today. It was a great day to ride in Louisiana. The weather warmed up to the low 60’s and the sunny blue skies made for a wonderful ride. We had nice shoulder space today and when we didn’t we had nice roads to ride in. People we very polite and moved over to give us space the entire day. Our road shoulders were pretty clear of debris – just dodged lots of dead possums and raccoons. Our views today consisted of farmlands, rice fields, and small little towns.
I ate two fried chicken legs with a country biscuit for lunch. I literally cannot remember the last time I ate fried chicken because it has been that long ago. Maybe 20 years. It was okay. I think I’m good for awhile now.
So a good day of riding and now resting up in the tent. Have a good evening!
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