Friday, February 24, 2012

Not A Real Great Travel Day

Kinder, LA

67 deg. overcast, N. wind @ 15 mph.

Forecast = Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 61F. Winds from the North at 15-20 mph.

We left the Lakeside RV Park in Livingston about 10:20 and we only traveled for 3 hours, (covering 137 miles), but it seemed like we were on the road for a much longer time.

You see, when we got back on I-12 which joined back up with I-10. There was lots of traffic all the way to and through Baton Rouge, and none of the drivers were being too patient. Once we crossed the Mississippi River, we turned North on Rt 1 and took it up to US 190.

Now, being that we didn't have a long way to travel, Jim thought US 190 would be a good alternative to I-10, which is notoriously rough through Louisiana. And since we were headed for Kinder, it was actually shorter to go this way.

But. . . . . . And you knew that had to be a "but" didn't you?  Some sections of the road were very rough, there was lots of traffic  in places, you go through some small towns, (some of which have very narrow streets), and on top of that, the winds were gusting out of the SSW at between 35 and 40 mph!!!!

So, if you're planning on traveling though southern LA, and you're thinking about taking US 190 as an alternative to I-10, you may want to reconsider. Even without the wind, 190 is not a fun road to drive on and unless you find out that I-10 is extremely rough, I'd stick to it.

Oh, along the way, (I think it was in Eunice), we pulled into a truck stop and Jim bought me a nice big drink of #2 diesel fuel. It had been a long time since I'd had a drink, so I was pretty thirsty.

I know that some of you who are traveling or thinking about traveling, are probably wondering about the price of the fuel. Well, when we left Alabama, the price that I saw there was $3.98 per gallon. The price that Jim paid yesterday was $3.84.

It pays to check on the prices in the states you'll be traveling through. Jim uses DieselBoss to get an idea of the prices.

OK back to yesterday's wanderings.

Once we got to Kinder, we turned Northeast on US 165 and followed it for about 5 miles until we came to the Coushatta Casino and the Red Shoes RV Park. This is a nice park, very well maintained, paved streets,  long pull-through full hook-up sites with cement pads and patios and bright green grass between the sites. Again, it doesn't have the "it" factor, but the sites are fairly wide and you don't feel cramped.

The reason we're staying here? Well neither Linda or Jim gamble, so they won't be playing any of the games at the Casino and depending on the weather and other factors, they may not even go there, but, at $18 a night, (with the Good Sam Discount), was hard to pass up. Besides that, Jim has heard people talk about this place for years, and just wanted to see what it was like!! ; ) 

Being that the weather is suppose to be kind of "iffy" today, Jim and Linda have decided to stay here for 2 days.

Did you know that the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana was officially recognized by the Federal government in 1973, established its present home north of Elton in 1975, and marked a major turning point in tribal history in 1985 with the election by popular vote of the first Coushatta tribal government?

1 comment:

  1. We stay at Coushatta Casino all the time when heading back to Texas from the East. We totally agree with you on I10...awful. We always have something break when we drive that stupid highway. ~wheresweaver


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