So, having fun mapping possible routes for a 3-4 day bike tour. Would love to get +Ben Folsom
's (or any other Bike Hobos) opinions. Here's the basic rundown:
Day 1: Leave from the BCC Southern Compound and head down Bayou Lafourche to Raceland. Pass through sugar farmland, including an active sugar mill (possibly with a tour). Take 90 north to the Mississippi River, passing through fishing towns and swampland. Day ends camping at Bayou Segnette State Park, on the outskirts of New Orleans, for a total of 54.8 miles.
Day 2: Head back to the MS River trail and go Northwest, passing under the Hale-Boggs Bridge on a dedicated bike path. Halfway through the day, stop and sightsee at Oak Alley Plantation (the most famous plantation home in the south) and continue on to Donaldsonville, or the nearest place we can find to camp. 69.2 miles, for a total of 124 miles.
Day 3: Strike out on Highway 70 through Pierre Part, and follow the Belle River through the swamp all the way to Brownell Memorial Park (on Lake Palourde) in Morgan City, home of the largest Seafood festival in the state. 35.6 miles, for a total of 159.6 miles.
Day 4: Leave Morgan City and take Highway 20 through the swamp (paved bike lane the whole way) past alligators, shipyards, and miles and miles of Cypress trees. End up back at the BCC Southern Compound for 29.8 miles, for a grand total of 189.4 miles.
Now that I'm looking at it, I'm thinking doing it in reverse order might make more sense... start off with shorter days to shake down bike issues? Could also call it quits at Bayou Segnette in N.O. if you had to... just thinking out loud.
The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival in Morgan City is a 4-day event with live music and amazing food. If we time this right and do the route backwards, could leave on Thursday afternoon, hit the festival on Thursday night and still have time to ride to Donaldsonville with time to spare on Friday.