Great ride report. If you find that you need a break from the French Quarter, hop north across Lake Ponchartrain to Abita Springs and have a meal at the Abita Brewpub. Abita Springs is a nice, laid back little southern town. If the weather's not too chilly you can dine outside under the oak trees and enjoy a flight of their micro brews while you eat. The ~30 mile ride across Lake Ponchartrain is fairly impressive as well.