Today was a move day for us. We got ourselves packed up, said our see ya laters to the Thurstons, and headed down the road to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge where Judy and Emma had found a spot for us for the night. Back home in Alberta we talk about having two seasons winter and construction, well I think Louisiana, maybe because of the warmer climate, only has one, construction.
Nevertheless I am sure when it is done it will be great but sounds like it has been ongoing since the Interstate went through in 1972 or something.
It really is an amazing road system though, at one point there is a bridge 18 miles long above the Atchafalaya Basin and of course other bridges that leap into the sky to pass over navigable waters here and there throughout Louisiana.
Traffic was flowing nicely all the way along so we were barely more than four hours getting here and made a pretty nice 8.6 mpg along the way.
Above is a look at our situation here on the NWR and below is Judy and Emma’s home. We had a nice visit with them over dinner and although we are only here overnight we know that somewhere down the road Judy and Emma will cross our trail again. The interesting thing is guessing whether that will be in the desert or maybe we can even talk them into visiting Canada and seeing some of our amazing sights. After all our American friends are so graciously sharing their country with us in the cooler months it is only fair that we share ours with them when it gets to warm down here.
Here the sun is setting into Galveston Bay through a layer of smoke caused by burning rice fields. Tomorrow we hit I-10 and Houston, rumour has it I-10 is closed this weekend, so we will be hitting a new trail through town on route to San Antonio. We’ll let you know how that works out next time we write. Feels good to be back on the west side of the Mississippi and heading west.