Day 2 -- Ocean Springs, MS to Beaumont, TX
We're in Winnie, just outside Beaumont, TX. We made about 400 miles today, and would have made more, except I-10 in closed west of Baton Rouge, and the detour route was very congested. It took us a couple of hours to pop back up on I-10, 30 miles down from where we were detoured off. We were told there was a gas explosion late last week that required the interstate closure.
Our Day 2 route:
Crossing Lake Ponchartrain on a 44-mile causeway:
We lunched at the rest stop in Port Barre; for this trip, we take picnic lunches, using JetBoils to heat water for ramen, and adding meat and fruit to the meal as well.
As the terrain begins to change in western Louisiana, we are treated to some pretty skies.
I think our favorite view from yesterday was Lake Charles, and the view of the refineries on the west side of Lake Charles as you crest the I-10 bridge. Alas, no photos of this.
Least favorite was the smell of sulfur from what we guess was a meat-processing plant close to the border of Louisiana and Texas. Phew.