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March 12th 2009
Published: March 13th 2009
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March 11, Wednesday

We spent much of the day wandering around the French Quarter, looking into the many shops, and having coffee while listening to live jazz on the sidewalk. We went back to the Hotel St. Pierre for the afternoon, relaxing in the courtyard, reading and catching up on email. Weather was gorgeous again today. Supper at a little corner restaurant, combo of Shrimp Creole, Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice and Jambalaya. Yummy stuff - very tasty, and not simply overheated spices.

March 12, Thursday

Packed up all the goods on Bear, each time it seems we are a little better at space utilization. We just can't let that get us thinking we have more room for more stuff. We were on the road by 9:30, pretty early for us lately. Running the coast roads, US 90, and LA-14 and LA-82, we stayed as close to the coast as we could. First stop was on Avery Island, home of Tabasco Sauce. This is the only place in the world where it's bottled, so every bottle of McIhnaney's Tabasco, of all varieties, comes from this island to the rest of the 110 countries where it's shipped. The factory tour was moderately interesting, the Country Store was fun, lots of stuff with the logo's. My favorite, and now on my new long sleeve T-shirt, is " Laissez les bon temps roulez" (Let the good times roll). You could taste every sauce and more, they even had Tabasco Soda - which I missed out on. After this side jaunt, we headed further west. The temps were dropping rapidly - in fact it went from 73 f to 46 f with wind and light rain. We rode past helicopter bases used for the offshore oil and gas platforms no doubt, and various fuel plants and refractories. One ferry ride and several very tall and windy bridges later, we crossed into Texas at Port Arthur. A short ride up to Beaumont, and we checked into the Best Western Motel. I know we should have been camping tonight, but with rain and 43 degrees, I made the command decision to stay indoors with heat, shower and TV. Weather in the next few days doesn't look good. I bought new tires on-line, and had them shipped to BMW MOA member Steve Hensen's address who has offered to put them on for me in Blanco Tx, between Austin and San Antonio. I also have to get Mexican Motorcycle Insurance set up. I'm hoping to get some mesh gear mailed to me prior to entering Mexico. Hopefully we'll be leaving these 40 something temps behind very soon


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13th March 2009

Good Times
Sounds like a fantastic time to get away and enjoy the south. Be careful in Mexico. I keep hearing terrible stories of people having problems.

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