T3: Rise of the Trailers

After two great weeks in New Orleans it was time to leave the bayou.

Rainy morning walk across the bayou.
Rainy morning walk across the bayou.
Never saw a gator in here. Did hear a few wildcats though.
Never saw a gator in here. Did hear a few wildcats though.

Shortly after crossing Lake Pontchartrain is the Mississippi border and I stopped at the welcome center rest area to find …

Mississippi welcome center on eastbound I-10.  The lunar lander trainer used by the Apollo 13 astronauts.
Mississippi welcome center on eastbound I-10. The lunar lander trainer used by the Apollo 13 astronauts.
Space boot prints signed by Fred Haise, Apollo 13 astronaut and Mississippi native.
Space boot prints signed by Fred Haise, Apollo 13 astronaut and Mississippi native.
Sign at lunar lander exhibit
Sign at lunar lander exhibit

Then I stopped at a little town in Florida, Bonifay, where it rained for 40 7 days and 40 7 nights, flooding the nearby Choctawhatchee River. Finally it’s time to move on to Ozark, Alabama and pick up my new motorcycle trailer.

T3

Yes, this is my 3rd trailer in just over a year. If this doesn’t work out I’m putting training wheels on the bike and towing it with a nylon strap.

Trailer number 3 - The Baxley SB001.  Yes, that's a moonshine still in the background, every campsite should have one.
Trailer number 3 – The Baxley SB001 at my campsite in Ozark, Alabama. Yes, that’s a moonshine still in the background, every campsite should have one.

This one is a Baxley trailer which has a pretty unique loading mechanism. So far, so good.  I’m hanging here another few days to sell the old trailer on eBay where the bidding is way higher than I expected and there’s still a few hours left in the auction.  Then I’ll be heading to sunny rainy better be sunny Florida for a little time at the beach.

Garden District

I need a GPS for the bike, but I’ll get back to that.

New Orleans, what a great place. On my first trip into the city I took the Canal Street Ferry from Algiers Point to Canal Street. The ferry is free, but no longer takes vehicles – passengers only. 20131216_114849_Morgan St

New Orleans from the Canal Street Ferry on the Mississippi River
New Orleans from the Canal Street Ferry on the Mississippi River

As soon as you step onto Canal Street you know you’re in a different world. The energy. The scents – fine food, fine cigars and pot pull you in. After warming up with a little gumbo, I took the St. Charles streetcar into the Garden District for a foot tour of the district and the cemetery.

Tombs at Lafayette Cemetery One
Tombs at Lafayette Cemetery One
Leaving beer for the jazz great
Leaving beer for the jazz great
Former home of Anne Rice in the Garden District
Former home of Anne Rice in the Garden District

I’ve got photos of 30+ homes, including the famous – Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, the Mannings, Nic Cage, but damn if I know which is which.

The famous Commander's Palace in the Garden District. Apparently, I needed better attire to dine here.
The famous Commander’s Palace in the Garden District. Apparently, I needed better attire to dine here.

I grabbed a shrimp po boy and a cigar, Romeo y Julietta #4, back along Canal Street, then headed back to camp.

A GPS Would be Nice

Back on the other side of the river I headed back to camp. Now it’s 16 turns and about 12 miles back to the state park, but two turns in I found myself on a bridge back across the river and wound up in the central business district – a maze of one way streets, closed streets, high  rises, and construction. It took about half an hour and 4 stops to check my phone for directions to make it back to the bridge and then back across the Mississippi.

I’ve grown dependent on being able to use the phone GPS in an unfamiliar place. Not being able to do that on the bike can be tough.