Lafayette, LA

Atchafalaya Causeway

We drove 12 hours today. Epic! Nearly lost it all at the halfway point, just south of Memphis. It was a combination of traffic, caused by an accident, police shooing everyone into the left lane and a moment’s inattention and I almost lost it. I screeched my brakes, didn’t rear-end the car in front of me, avoided getting rear-ended myself and was rewarded with a dirty look by the cop.

“Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?” The rest of the drive was uneventful, except for all of the ways to escape the Lou, this is a path less taken, at least by us. We’ve driven to Memphis before, bit it’s been years and we’ve never taken I-55 any further south. So, it was all new road to us. 700+ miles though is too much of a good thing and by the time we hit Louisiana, we were ready to get off the road. Our final stretch was over the pictured Atchafalaya Causeway on I-10. In 1982 we rode a similar causeway across this swamp. We were F-ing crazy. I-10 has wide shoulders, our’s had almost none.

Anyway, we arrived safely Tuesday in Lafayette. The festival for Cycle Zydeco starts tomorrow. We’ll register and take dancing lessons, listen to music, dance, eat and talk. On Thursday, we ride. The only problem is that rain is forecasted for Thursday. My plan is to hold up in our hotel room and launch late and hopefully avoid all of the bad weather..That’s the plan anyway.

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