Day #29 – A day on the dreaded I-10!

LOCATION:  New Iberia, Louisiana
CAMPGROUND:  Isle of Iberia RV Park.  Brand new.  Full hook-ups.  Long pull-through, concrete sites.  It caters to huge motor homes pulling toy boxes and cars.   No real  bathrooms/showers – just the ones meant for the swimming pool area.  The pool is magnificent.  No firepits, grills, or picnic tables, although there are communal pavilions with tables.  $50/night.  3 stars out of 5
WEATHER:  Mostly sunny.  High 88
DISTANCE DRIVEN:  6 hours – directly west

The weather forecast was 80% thunderstorms with gusts of winds up to 60mph, so we weren’t looking forward to the drive.  It did storm during the night, but by mid-morning, the sun was mostly out and the wind was not strong.  Thank goodness!

We had a long drive ahead of us, so set off fairly early.  We had to take the dreaded I-10 almost all the way – the only direct route.  Any backroads would have taken us 8-12 hours!  The worst part was through the northern end of New Orleans (the top of Lake Pontchartrain and through Baton Rouge.  There was a lot of construction.  George said I “looked tense”.  Indeed, I was holding the steering wheel so tightly that my hands cramped up!

The most interesting part of the drive was the 18-mile bridge over a combo of swamp/river/bayou/lake in the Atchafalaya.

Once we got off I-10, we were in deep Cajun country.  Lots of crawfish ponds (rice fields) and crawfish shops.  Water, water everywhere! 

We arrived at this RV park where we will be the next 5 nights for a Cajun Fest.  It is an RV rally that features Cajun music and food.  There are excursions available during the day, too.  I hope it will be fun.  We are near the Tabasco factory.  We hope to take their tour again. 

DINNER:  All our dinners are included in the rally fee.  Tonight we had fried chicken, and people brought their own sides.  Irene made a salad; I took chips and salsa.  Most of the events will be in the clubhouse adjacent to the pool. 

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