Day 32 Ville Platte, LA to St. Francisville, LA - Gass-powered Tandem: xcountry - CycleBlaze

March 31, 2021

Day 32 Ville Platte, LA to St. Francisville, LA

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We rode hard with shorter breaks today because of the threat of thunderstorms.  We were on lovely country roads and nasty 4 lane highways. 

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Louisiana countryside
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Cattle and Cattle Egrets
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Dennis knew about this bridge over the Atchafalaya R. with a 6-mile causeway spanning swamps with no shoulder, so we rode in the right lane with the van behind us, protecting us from cars.  Not particularly dangerous, but a tense ride.

Beginning of 6 mile bridge/causeway
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Katie Gass6 miles? That’s a really long bridge.
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Fred GassLooks scary to me!
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Joann JohnsonThat would have made me nervous also! Great idea for Dennis to drive behind.
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No shoulder causeway
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Joann JohnsonOk, Yuck. Bless Dennis!
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Doug ColeI always enjoyed my time in MS. The Pearl always gave me a lazy kind of feeling. What a contrast to the stark W TX scenery a few weeks ago!
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We are in bayou country...water everywhere and if you forget, just look at the above ground cemeteries.

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Fred GassInteresting!
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We saw what looked like a large lake and found out it was an ox-bow of the Mississippi...referred to as False River. 

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We avoided rain until we got to the Mississippi River proper (about 10 miles from our destination).  

Approaching the Mississippi bridge
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Trying for an artsy picture, but with wind and rain, this was the best I could do on the fly.
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Fred GassYou and the fly did a great job, Francie.
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The Mississippi
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We are staying at the lovely Lodge at the Bluffs in St. Francisville which is about 30 miles north of Baton Rouge. The best part?.....finally excellent coffee!!!

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Enjoying coffee on the porch after drying out from the rainstorm
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Fred GassRelaxed, relieved (and recaffeinated?)
I love happy endings.
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Devra JohnsonWhat a great photo of Ken!!
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Today's ride: 83 miles (134 km)
Total: 827 miles (1,331 km)

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Jeanna & Kerry SmithI know excellent coffee makes you both happy. Ken looks very comfortable in that rocker.
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Katie GassWonder if we felt the same storms today. We were rocked by two massive downpours and some lightning to top it off. Glad you made it through most of the ride dry!
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Margery GassWelcome to our half of the country. Glad you made it safely through the day. Hope you get some good creole food and some great Cajun music.
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