Day 31 DeRidder, LA to Ville Platte, LA - Gass-powered Tandem: xcountry - CycleBlaze

March 30, 2021

Day 31 DeRidder, LA to Ville Platte, LA

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Leaving DeRidder, we saw many roofs with blue tarps and many uprooted trees and trees snapped in half...all a result of the hurricane of August 2020.  

Ah...the roads in Louisiana are much nicer than Texas for the most part. 

Wide shoulder and smooth asphalt on a foggy morning
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Tifanie TreterOh my gosh look at that great shoulder!
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About 30 miles east of DeRidder we rode by crawfish fields!  These flooded fields grow rice part of the year and crawfish other months!  

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Katie GassAsk the boys to tell you about their recent run in with a crawfish! I’ve never seen entire fields dedicated to them.
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Doug ColeYou’re the only bike with fenders, yes?
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Francie GassTo Katie GassWe will! Sounds like a good story!
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See the white buoys? Those are the crawfish traps. Below is a picture from the internet.
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crawfish traps
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We had some excitement at lunch.  We stopped in front of a volunteer fire co. garage in Oberlin, LA.  Very quickly two volunteer firefighters came and expressed concern that we were blocking their garage door.  So we moved aside, but also realized that the van's back wheel was stuck in the wet ground (we were below sea level at times!).  One firefighter came back with a chain and bigger truck.  He saved our bacon!

Dennis and volunteer firefighter solve our problem
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Louisiana has parishes rather than counties. As cyclists we are very aware of county lines because the roads change.  Evangeline Parish did not start out well!

Fortunately we only had a few miles of this surface
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We had side winds and headwinds today but got into Best Western Ville Platte just before it rained.

We have been surrounded by wildflowers which is delightful.  Here are two I have not identified...can anyone help?

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Bill ShaneyfeltLooks like pictures of lyreleaf sage.

https://warcapps.usgs.gov/PlantID/Species/Details/2689
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Bill ShaneyfeltRed ones are crimson clover. Very distinctive flowers and easy to ID.

http://www.missouriplants.com/Trifolium_incarnatum_page.html

Tiny yellow ones are black medick.

https://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=photos_index&rel-taxon=begins+with&where-taxon=Medicago+lupulina

White ones with a yellow center are a species of fleabane.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erigeron

Not enough detail to find a good matching photo for the tiny white ones.
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Francie GassThank you, Bill!!
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Today's ride: 78 miles (126 km)
Total: 905 miles (1,456 km)

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