Moving day again.
We had put things away earlier so it didn't take as long to get
going as some mornings. We were out of the park at 7:20AM and headed
for fuel. The price for diesel at the Fly J was just $2.19 a gallon.
It had been cheaper when we started this trip but now $2.19 seemed
like a good deal. Getting back on the road about 7:55AM, we made
the trip east to the freeway in good time. Streets and Trips had
said it would take us much longer than it actually did so we were
happy. The road through Houston was very busy but we made it out
the other side without too much trouble. We managed to find a rest
stop and we pulled in for a quick lunch. The rest stop was packed.
There was even a broken down truck blocking our main path out. If
anyone pulled in next to us we would have had to unhook the Jeep
and backup to get out of the place. I used the john and slapped
a sandwich together as fast as I could. I got back in the
drivers seat and we left. Shortest rest stop we have ever done.
The KOA in Lafayette is right at the exit so it was easy to find.
The rates were high even for a KOA. The sites were a little on the
small side and completely tree covered – there would be no satellite
TV at this place. A phone line for internet use was available at
the far end of the campground in the laundry room. No thanks. I
think I can go three days without the internet. After getting setup
we jumped in the Jeep to do a quick drive around the area. We found
a Harley store basically across the street from the campground that
we will have to visit before we leave. We ended up having supper
at a Taco Bell.
Using the “Watch
It Made in the USA” book that I got from my sister Marcia we picked
two stops for today's activities. Street & Trips gave us the
address for a CiCi's so off we went for lunch. Small problem – the
address seemed to be for the franchise owner's home and not for
his restaurant! We got directions from people at a near by grocery
store and eventually found our way to the CiCi's. When I asked the
manager about the address we first went to he confirmed it was the
owners address and said I wasn't the first to go to the wrong place.
After a filling lunch of pizza we headed off for our first tour
– The Konrico Rice Mill in New Iberia. We had to wander around a
bit to find the place but once we found them they had a nice tour
and slide show. Next stop – Avery Island, home of the McIlhenny
Company and the Tabasco brand. We took a wrong turn on this part
of the trip as well but we eventually found the place. They have
a nice company store and tour with a film. We took Hwy 90 back towards
the camper. It is much shorter than the route we went down on. We
stopped at the HD store across from the campground. It was a very
large and very nice store. Rita found things to buy. After a quick
stop at the camper we headed out to a Whataburger for supper. This
will likely be our last Whataburger of the trip. Back to the camper
for TV. At least they had good cable in this campground.
We had heard about a Cajun place called Mulattes way back when we were in New Orleans. Since we were now in the area we decide to go there for lunch. They had a Cajun band playing in the center or the room and basic tables all around. Authentic – not fancy. The menu was all seafood and things we had no idea what they were. We ordered the 'house special' and felt we would be safe. Pan fried catfish covered with a shrimp e'toufee sauce and a scoop of jambalaya were the main items on the plate. Everything was delicious. We had some excellent bread pudding for desert. Expensive but worth it – two lunches and a shot glass, $53. Next stop was a Wal-Mart. They seemed to be phasing out their 12oz Bud Lights in favor of a 10oz version. We stayed with the familiar 12oz version. We spent the remainder of the day cleaning and catching up on our taped TV shows. We eventually got done with that and switched over to watching some Highlander Season One discs that we had gotten from my son Chad and his wife Becky for Christmas. We also spent some time in move preparation. Tomorrow we move to Gulf Shores.