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Old 08-19-2014, 10:38 PM   #1
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Local Knowledge on Galveston to NOLA?

Planning a trip in late October to spend Halloween in NOLA. Was wondering if it is worth the extra hour to go through the various wildlife refuges off Highway 82 heading east, or just say F&*# it and go I-10 and get to the bar early.

Any locals or knowledgeable riders have some insight?
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:43 PM   #2
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:25 AM   #3
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Oh yeah - stay off of I-10. Boring! Take the ferry over to the Bolivar Peninsula, then on to Winnie, and over to Port Arthur on Route 73 and cross the Sabine. 82 in Louisiana is a goof - nice little towns, shrimp boats at the docks with oil rigs out on the horizon. Another short ferry ride at Cameron. Ride on to Abbeville, then probably want to take US 90 into New Orleans. Lots of little side roads to take if you like that sort of thing.

When I'm heading east, that's one of my favorite rides. No twisties - just a nice ride.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:47 AM   #4
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If on adv or ds bikes take the beach from High Island to Sabine Pass then up to Port Arthur for the coastal route to Cameron La. Backroads from there.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:24 AM   #5
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+1 to others. I-10 sucks, and the slow roads are much better.
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:58 AM   #6
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Oh yeah - stay off of I-10. Boring! Take the ferry over to the Bolivar Peninsula, then on to Winnie, and over to Port Arthur on Route 73 and cross the Sabine. 82 in Louisiana is a goof - nice little towns, shrimp boats at the docks with oil rigs out on the horizon. Another short ferry ride at Cameron. Ride on to Abbeville, then probably want to take US 90 into New Orleans. Lots of little side roads to take if you like that sort of thing.

When I'm heading east, that's one of my favorite rides. No twisties - just a nice ride.

This was my planned route exactly. Saw the beach riding comment, and we are on DS bikes (KTM 990R and Tiger 800 XC). Will be fully loaded, but may give the beaching riding a try.

Am I right in assuming fuel availability will not be an issue? Both bikes like the high test stuff (91 octane), and the orange bike gets thirsty.

Thanks again for the info!
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:43 AM   #7
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Ok, Google mapped this and it looks cool, but what should I expect roadwise? It seems to dead end in the middle of the refuge. Is there a point you recommend to jump off and keep heading east?
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Ok, Google mapped this and it looks cool, but what should I expect roadwise? It seems to dead end in the middle of the refuge. Is there a point you recommend to jump off and keep heading east?
That IS where you jump off and head east on what used to be 87. I don't know about here, but on N. Padre the sand left behind is hard packed at low tide. Maybe travel then if you are worried about conditions of the highway.
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... Ride on to Abbeville, then probably want to take US 90 into New Orleans. Lots of little side roads to take if you like that sort of thing. ...
Zip off 90 to LA182 (Main Street) in Jeanerette and stop by LeJeune's Bakery for a loaf of French bread and a handful of ginger cakes. They've been there a while and know what they're doing.



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Hwy 82 from the TX side of Sabine Pass to the east is a paved road-no worries. Several fuel flavors there in TX, and the next fuel for sure is in Cameron a bit after 82 makes a shallow T into 27 and you hang a right. I head down there or work on occasion.

Cameron got hit hard back when Rita came through, wiping out most everything. After the Ferry ride $1 per bike, there's an Exxon station up off of the ground within a half mile on the left for cold drinks, food, and fuel.

I'm pretty sure that's the only place to get gas in Cameron-if you pass through during working hours, you'll be able to fuel up.

The aftermath of destruction following a serious hurricane even 9 years later is going to blow your mind.

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Old 08-23-2014, 08:41 AM   #11
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I'm pretty sure that's the only place to get gas in Cameron-if you pass through during working hours, you'll be able to fuel up.

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Yep - that was my experience. I was getting close to being empty before I found that one lone gas station. I recommend you refuel in Port Arthur, and even then, the route takes you through the south side of town which is mostly industrial. You might have to ride closer in to town to find fuel.
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Looks like this is the suggested route: http://goo.gl/maps/sweSh

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Looks like this is the suggested route: http://goo.gl/maps/sweSh

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No it is not. That completely eliminates the beach route to Sabine Pass which may be the best part of the trip. Wipe GPS out of your mind and look at a paper map of TX and LA. Yes, they are still made. GPS directions are an insult to anyone truly wanting to see anything. Also stay out of Starbucks, no one there will be of help.
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No it is not. That completely eliminates the beach route to Sabine Pass which may be the best part of the trip. Wipe GPS out of your mind and look at a paper map of TX and LA. Yes, they are still made. GPS directions are an insult to anyone truly wanting to see anything. Also stay out of Starbucks, no one there will be of help.
Agreed, the point where that route turns north is exactly where you go straight and stay on the beach instead
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:09 PM   #15
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Sorry, Martini... I don't use GPS and don't frequent Starbucks...

Been using paper maps since the '60's... roadmaps, sectionals, topos...

To the OP, here is a link that might make for interesting reading and viewing. It displays the conditions of the route in question as of 2003.

Not exactly photogenic, but some might consider this to be exiting...

http://www.texasfreeway.com/statewid...7_eroded.shtml

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