Ride for the Dream

Cycling From Coast To Coast

Day 29 – Jackson, LA

by on April 1st, 2014

The weather was nice today and the winds were up but manageable. The road quality was also very good (and no dogs today!). As we got closer to the Baton Rouge area it was obvious that the demographics were changing with well kept homes and manicured lawns, etc.  We stopped midday in a town called New Roads which appeared to be a sort of bedroom community of Baton Rouge. It sits on a large lake called False River (….it’s a lake) that was dotted with upscale homes. False River has supposedly often held the state record for largest bass caught. We found a nice restaurant in downtown New Roads right on the lake and enjoyed a long lunch after putting in about 63 miles.  After lunch we rode an additional 25 miles to Jackson.

We crossed over the Mississippi River today (still in Louisiana) ….per Wikipedia, “John James Audubon Bridge, completed and opened in 2011, is a Mississippi River crossing between Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana parishes in south central Louisiana. The bridge has the second longest cable-stayed span in the Western Hemisphere and replaces the ferry between the communities of New Roads and St. Francisville“.

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Tug boat pushing coal barges on the Mississippi River

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After crossing the bridge and before arriving in Jackson we came across an Audubon historic site but it was closed on Monday.  I snapped a few pictures from the road though.

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A tree covered in Spanish Moss and some swamp land (we saw a lot of it today).

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Earlier in the day we saw a large field with what looked like hundreds of FEMA trailers left over from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (nine years ago). Clearly no plan for them, what a waste of tax payer money. It doesn’t look like they were ever used. Someone mentioned the insides were covered in mold.


After arriving in Jackson we called the number on the front door of The Centenary Inn, a B&B in the 3-4 block downtown area. A very nice woman showed up 20 minutes later, opened up the Inn and gave us a nice deal on one of their twelve rooms. Baptiste slept on the floor as usual and Buck actually slept outside on the rear terrace (ceiling fan, covered roof, two couches, table). There was one other couple in the building but for the most part we had the place to ourselves.  She gave us free reign with use of the kitchen and laundry room as well. The Inn was beautiful inside and out.

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One Response

  1. Judie House says:

    Just checking in again. Had to catch up on your last week. Have been busy with Grandma Betty this past week, then I got sick on Sunday and haven’t been up for much of any thing since. Louisiana looks like fun. One state we haven’t travelled. Always wanted to do Mardi Gras–maybe some day. You are getting close to your goal Kev. Congratulations on an amazing job.

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