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Louisiana and Mississippi Grand Willy Nilly Tour

Discussion in 'Americas' started by x32792, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. x32792

    x32792 Cracker American

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    I've been through parts of Mississippi and Louisiana on several occasions and think the area deserves a more thorough look-see. Any locals or wannabe riders want to chime in with MUST SEE and DO info, please do!

    Time: March (or April)
    Bike: Big stick of butter, R1200GS with alloy rims and Anakee III tires
    Interests: Anything scenic/interesting, Mom'n'Pop Diners and Cheap Motels
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    BUZZARD II Old Geezer

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    The Delta Blues Museum and across the street the Ground Zero Blues Club. In Clarksdale, MS.

    I like starting off on Beale St. Memphis then work my way south on the Blues Highway, RT.61 to Natchez then north on the Trace.

    Graceland if you've never been there. Just off the Trace in NW Alabama is the Coondog Graveyard. Middle of nowhere dirt road. I think that's so that the wives never know how much their husbands spent on the monuments to their Coondogs. A lot of that was during the depression too.

    Fat Mama's Tamales in Natchez.
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    I lived in Lafayette for a couple of years when I worked in the Oil Patch. Used to be the best food around Lafayette was Mulate's in Breaux Bridge, they had great live Cajun music every night (aka: Chanky-chank). I've hear that they closed a year or two ago. Shame, it ws not only good eats, it was fun too! Ahhh Yeee!

    Prejean's Restaurant, Lafayette, LA (Just north of I 10 on I 49). Best bread pudding (with whiskey sauce) around. I recommend the crawfish etouffe'e too.

    Crawfish Town USA, Breaux Bridge, LA (just east of Lafayette). Get the boiled crawfish, ask for spicy and be careful not to rub your eyes after peeling them mud bugs! (aka: pinch the tails and suck the heads).

    Avery Island is interesting and close to the Tabasco plant you can tour.
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  4. x32792

    x32792 Cracker American

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    @BUZZARD II Perfect. Just the sorta stuff I'm looking for...I really enjoyed the world''s best fried chicken in Lorman and the Donut Shop in Natchez.

    Coondog grave yard sounds great: http://www.coondogcemetery.com

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    The Donut Shop: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=the+donut+shop+natchez+ms&t=h_&ia=web&iaxm=places



    Lorman Fried Chicken: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUse...849-Old_Country_Store-Lorman_Mississippi.html

    The New Ronnie's Cajun Cafe, Eunice, LA: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-new-ronnies-cajun-cafe-eunice
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    x32792 Cracker American

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    scootac Just a Traveler

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    I asked sorta the same thing in the Natchez Trace 2017 thread, nothing new added though. Looks like our interests run the same....so will be watching here too!
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  7. x32792

    x32792 Cracker American

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    ∆∆ Good local Intel is priceless.
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    maximus_flavius Long timer

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    If handy, stop at the Grand Ecore visitors center. Great view from the porch. I also like the Port Hudson & Mansfield parks. Anywhere along the Atchafalaya levee is neat.
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    x32792 Cracker American

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    jml141 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I've posted on this subject before. I live in Leland MS halfway between Memphis and Vicksburg. You're more than welcome to stop here! I would recommend spending some time riding on the Mississippi River Levee. It is public access and you can call the Levee Board Office in Greenville MS to verify. It is a well maintained gravel road.
    here's a quote from another post I made on the subject. Someone mention that hwy 61 is all casino signs and cornfields...
    "The gentleman that posted about the Casino signs has a point but it's only the stretch of 61 between Tunica and Memphis. The highway itself isn't anything fun to ride on, but the Delta has alot to offer in the way of food, culture and scenery, especially at sunset. The Mississippi river levee runs from Memphis to Vicksburg and is public access. if you like riding gravel, it's a very good route. It has curves in it, but alot of straight sections too. you can always take a quick trip off the levee to Clarksdale, Cleveland, Indianola, Leland, Greenville, Onward (where the Teddy Roosevelt bear hunt happened). Clarksdale has Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero blues club, the Shack-up Inn for lodging, Cleveland had the Grammy museum, a whole host of restaurants, Delta State University, and the Bologna Performing Arts Center (named after an Italian donor, we have alot of Italians around here). They have many good shows and concerts through the year. Leland, my hometown, has the Jim Henson exhibit, the Thompson house for lodging, and several good eating joints. Greenville has a world famous steak house, Doe's Eat Place, Indianola is the home of BB King and has an awesome museum in his honor. Make your way to Vicksburg and check out the Civil War battlefield down there. You can make a very good trip through the Delta only crossing hwy 61 sporadically and find out why it's "mythic." Let me know if this sounds interesting to you and I'll help you plan a route. As for south of the Delta, maybe head over to St. Francisville LA and then head north. There are alot of antebellum places to see down that way. I second what one poster said about the trace. it's just as boring as hwy 61."

    *edit* I would go to Red's in Clarksdale if you enjoy blues music. It's as authentic as it gets.
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    x32792 Cracker American

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    @jml141 Never been to Leland. Lorman is the furthest north I've been. In your backyard is Poverty Point, LS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty_Point This looks interesting.

    On my trip to Lorman along the Blues Highway, I expected to see old black men sitting on the porches of shotgun shacks with tin roofs, plucking on banjos. Imagine my surprise when I found a a modern, high speed divided highway! Guess I was about 30-40 years too late...EDIT: I spent my childhood in the Georgia Low Country and have first hand knowledge of shotgun shacks, etc.

    Red's in Clarksdale: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUse...7266-Red_s_Lounge-Clarksdale_Mississippi.html
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    jml141 Been here awhile Supporter

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    there are fewer and fewer shotgun houses and old black men that sit on porches of said shotgun houses. Still a few.

    I think I fixed it...
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  13. bluestar

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    If you're riding hwy 61, you should stop at the crossroads.

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    The Crossroads. Clarksdale, MS. But Robert Johnson took all the magic with him. I hung out at midnight at 61&49 to make my deal. I can only play three cords and not very well.
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    That it is. :strum
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    x32792 Cracker American

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    @Strong Bad Yum, yum...Thank you! Posting links here as "on the road" reference for myself and others:

    Crawfish Town USA, Breaux Bridge, LA: https://www.google.com/maps/place/C...4da67244d46046!8m2!3d30.3252409!4d-91.8257936

    Prejean's Restaurant, Lafayette, LA: https://www.google.com/maps/place/P...8bcb8564dc9317eb!8m2!3d30.306216!4d-92.027986

    Avery Island, LA, home of Tabasco Hot Sauce: https://www.google.com/maps/place/A...4a193e38e7c578!8m2!3d29.8967541!4d-91.9050391

    Can offer no excuse or explanation, but we use Crystal in my house, not Tabasco -- Both excellent products.

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    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    I have to admit that my taste buds did get a bit burned out after living in Lafayette, seems like I had to put hot sauce on my vanilla ice cream so I could taste it! Personally I don't like Tabbysasco, too much vinegar for my taste, I like Chalula or Tapatio much better!

    Cholula Hot sauce.jpg Tapatio.jpg
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    x32792 Cracker American

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    ^^As we age, our tastes change. I remember as a small child my grandfather, a delightful old man who taught me how to fish, covering his sunny side up eggs in ground black pepper --- And I'm talking about covered his eggs BLACK with pepper until they looked like an asphalt patch.
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