Sunday, May 2, 2010

Day 40
Mamou to Washington

Today is to be a short day of riding – we are only going 30 miles – to Washington. We took our time getting ready for the day; we ate breakfast at Maxie’s Cajun Diner. Good food and the people (including Paul the owner) were VERY friendly.
After we ate we went back to the hotel, to finish packing and leave. As I went to take my bike outside I found that my front tire had gone flat. I changed it quickly and we were again on the road moving forward towards St. Augustine.

The roads today started out very bumpy and rough (ok, so they were that way for most of the day!) The weather was perfect-sunny and cool. The scenery was getting very nice with many tree lined roads. We actually had several stretches of road that were partially shaded by the trees, something we have not had since California. Since it was a short day we took our time and explored a little more than usual. We were able to find a lot of cool pictures that one or all of us wanted, so on this day we stopped frequently for photo opportunities.

I still can’t believe how many crawfish “farms” there are in this area, and they are quite expensive as well, we were told they are going for about $10.00 a pound. Maybe

I will look into starting a crawfish farm!
We ended our day at Willie’s Washington Campground, all the blogs we have read up to this point said don’t go – we just spent a night in a hotel so we figured it would all average out. It is a small Campground, and the tent area is right next to the river, and very scenic. We set up camp quickly to let our tents dry out from the rains of 2 nights ago (it took about 10 minutes to dry everything). We went to get dinner across the street at The Steamboat Warehouse.

The campground was not as bad as I had pictured, it was not as good as I had hoped either. The shower was good and hot, with plenty of pressure, the floor was concrete and peeling a bit, the walls are buckling a bit from being wet too long. The right sink in the men’s room did not work and the left only had cold water. The right sink has the mirror though!!!! The electrical plug in the bathroom was broken on top, and had the light behind the mirror on the right sink plugged into it. And yes I said light BEHIND the mirror, it is almost useless as a light because of its position. Over all it was not too bad, I think we made a good choice still stopping here. If they ever decide to fix the bathrooms and upgrade a little, I think it could easily be one of the best stops on the route!

After dinner we again went to Willie’s and turned in for a good night’s rest.

The Garmin for this short ride today is as follows:

Day 40 Mamou to Washington by wegotguts at Garmin Connect - Details

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