Eastern States, Southern
B, C. Exit 44. Park at Loves (formerly Pilot). Biloxi, Mississippi and the Gulf Shores. Beautiful white sandy beaches are home to least terns (birds). These birds remind me of surfers paddling furiously to catch a wave; they similarly flap laboriously against the wind, then turn into it and soar on just the slightest sea-breeze. Mesmerizing. Across the street (literally) is the home of the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis. Historically significant, I’m sure, but it seems a little bland. There is a nice stretch of boardwalk (concrete) for cruising along the beach. The terns only monopolize a small section of beachfront (they’re protected) which leaves plenty of beach for human activity. Oh, and US-90 runs right by the beach, and it is possible to bobtail right to the beachfront. (Another trucker did just that.) So, head left out of truck stop on Cedar Lakes and turn right on Popps Ferry road up and over the draw bridge (cross on the east side to get out of the traffic). Take a left at the light and a right at the next intersection (or just follow the signs to the beach). From Loves to the beach is about six miles.
B, C. Louisiana: exit 239. Park at Big Easy truck stop. (Or at exit 236 Mardis Gras truck stop which I found accidentally before my delivery, but couldn’t find when I wanted to spend the night.) New Orleans. The roads to the French Quarter are mostly tree-lined and flat making the ride pleasant and (big) easy. Don’t get offended by the yellow tinged American flags: they’re not American flags, nor do they represent any sort of political statement. Further description would ruin your aha moment. Katrina aftermath is still obvious in some neighborhoods, but the Big Easy is nowhere near dead in the French Quarter. From Big Easy truck stop take a left out of lot on Gentilly road and follow until it turns into Bayou road and then follow that to Esplanade street which is the eastern boundary of the French Quarter. Under 5 ½ miles to French Quarter.