~Our Ride Today, 11/17/2015

To my RV friends…

If you are ever traveling down Highway 49 near Alexandria, Louisiana, consider stopping at River Cities RV Park in Boyce, LA. It is new, it is nice and clean, it is convenient. Notice the security gate in and out.

River Cities RV Park, Boyce, LA (Sie 20)
River Cities RV Park, Boyce, LA (Sie 20)
The only building, laundry, restroom/shoewer.
The only building on the property, laundry, restroom/shoewer.
River Cities RV Park, Boyce, LA
River Cities RV Park, Boyce, LA

After leaving Boyce, Louisiana we traveled Highway 49 to I10 heading toward Madisonville, Louisiana (all interstate travel today) .

We crossed the Atchafalaya Basin, traveling on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. A little information about this unique area taken from the web.

The Atchafalaya Basin, or Atchafalaya Swamp, is the largest wetland and swamp in the United States. Located in south central Louisiana, it is a combination of wetlands and river delta area where the Atchafalaya River and the Gulf of Mexico converge. The river stretches from near Simmesport in the north through parts of eight parishes to the Morgan City area in the south. The Atchafalaya is unique among Louisiana basins because it has a growing delta system with nearly stable wetlands. The basin contains about 70% forest habitat and about 30% marsh and open water. It contains the largest contiguous block of forested wetlands remaining in the lower Mississippi River valley and the largest block of floodplain forest in the United States. Best known for its iconic cypress-tupelo swamps, at 260,000 acres, this block of forest represents the largest remaining contiguous tract of coastal cypress in the US.

The Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, also known as the Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge, is a pair of parallel bridges in the U.S. state of Louisiana between Baton Rouge and Lafayette which carries Interstate 10 over the Atchafalaya Basin. With a total length of 96,095 feet or 18.2 miles, it is the second-longest bridge in the US and fourteenth-longest in the world by total length.

A few photos, I took,  out the window of the RV….
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Atchafalaya Basin

 

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Atchafalaya Basin

 

After exiting the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge we crossed the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Bridge over Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, LA
Bridge over Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, LA
Port of Baton Rouge, Mississippi River in the background
Port of Baton Rouge, Mississippi River in the background
Tug Boat on the Mississippi River
Tug Boat on the Mississippi River

 

We arrived this afternoon, under cloudy skies, at Fairview Riverside State Park in Madisonville, LA. We have enjoyed visiting this state park many times. Here is our site for the next three nights.

Site 41, Fairview Riverside State Parl. Madisonville, LA
Site 41, Fairview Riverside State Parl. Madisonville, LA

 

The Tchefuncte River is high, flowing into the state park.
The Tchefuncte River is high, flowing into the state park.

 

Fairview Riverside State Park, Madisonville, LA
Fairview Riverside State Park, Madisonville, LA

 

Beautiful old, Oak Ttee
Beautiful old, Oak Tree

 

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Howard and I enjoyed a late lunch today at a New Orleans style restaurant here in Madisonville. Howard had a Shrimp Po-Boy and I enjoyed what is called a Southern Thing, which includes green-fried tomatoes, shrimp and coleslaw with special sauce, all on french bread (a Po-Boy). Yummy!

 

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Southern Thing from New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company

What’s for lunch tomorrow?

 

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “~Our Ride Today, 11/17/2015”

    1. Hi Judy, I wish I could send you one. I recently discovered I enjoy Green Fried Tomatoes and of course I love shrimp so this combination is wonderful.
      Southern Thing:
      Grilled shrimp, fried green tomatoes, shredded cabbage, remoulade sauce
      I am going to try and post an image.

  1. Great pictures!! The food sounds amazing!!
    I bet it will be nice to have a few day break from driving. Time to do some exploring. I noticed the bikes on the RV- maybe you can bike around. Just be careful the gators don’t jump out and get ya’ll 😃

  2. What a beautiful state park! We drove across I10 going west on our way to Texas this spring. The Atchafalaya Basin is so amazing. I enjoyed your pictures through the windshield. The Southern Thing sounds delicious!

    1. Hi Beth! We felt so sorry for the people going west on the basin bridge; they were doing construction and had one lane closed. Traffic was backed up for miles and miles! Glad you enjoy my photos; bug guts and all!

  3. It would be worth the stop just to have a Southern Thing! Sounds VERY yummy! We have crossed the basin twice in the last month. I love riding across the bridge. I will definitely add Fairview Riverside to the list of possible stops for our travels east….

    Glad you haven’t washed away. And hope the weather cooperates for a nice visit. Enjoy…

    1. Hi Gay, you would enjoy this state park, but come during the week. It is full of local residents cooking crayfish and other goodies, watching LSU and the Saints! Crazy fans for sure! The bridge is amazing!

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