CAUTION: This Vehicle Makes Frequent Stops

Trip Start Jun 24, 2010
Trip End Jul 12, 2010

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Village Inn

Flag of United States  , Florida
Sunday, June 27, 2010

The morning of Day 4 found us about 10 miles west of New Orleans.  At least we think it was about 10 miles.  The highway signs in Louisiana are pretty good about letting you know what city is coming up, but they don't generally include the distances between places.  I didn't realize how useful those can be.  "Don't it always seem to go, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone..." 

Anyway. We were on the road by 8:00 and were pulling into a Winn-Dixie grocery store by 8:04.  Keith is on a mission to find some rare and exotic sausages that are exclusive to this area (I think that thinking of exotic sausages at 8:00 in the morning speaks volumes about my traveling companion).  No luck. I did see a tray of deviled eggs - one dozen for $19.99.  That's 6 eggs, right?  Keith thought it must be a mistake.  I agreed - not even in an exteme deviled egg emergency could I see twenty bucks

We were doing a great job following our highway through the outskirts of New Orleans.  90 East all the way.  Except, after a turn of a sort we hadn't intended, we ended up heading north.  We used this opportunity to cross Lake Poncetrain on the world's longest bridge (26 miles), but first we stopped for a Sunday paper and a fig newton.  The lake was beautiful, the fig newton tasty.[

We drove through the rest of Louisiana and a bit of Mississippi.  Some beautiful country that still shows some scars from Katrina.  The gulf on our right, grand homes to our left - peppered with broken pilings and empty foundations.  It's still very obvious the area was whacked hard.  We stopped for lunch at a place called Shaggy's Harborside Bar and Grill in Pass Christian and walked around the marina for a while before we headed out.  We stopped a few minutes later at a convenience store called 'Keith's' because how could we not? 

Just outside of Mobile a great flamin-goes photo opportunity presented itslelf so I swung the car around and we stopped to take the pictures. 

Not long after, we stopped at a Sonic for a drink (I have a new favorite - diet cranberry limeade with extra cranberry and easy ice).  We make lots of stops at lots of Sonics; I mention this one here because of the kid who answered the call button.  After I ordered he said, 'That will be $1.19, darlin'.'  Darlin'!  Then, he skated out to the car with the drink and after I paid he said, 'Have a blessed day.'  I was struck by this because my old, judgemental self did not expect such a sweet interaction from a pierced, tatooed, somewhat greasy looking adolescent working in Sonic in the deepest deep south.  That's my lesson.
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