The highlight of kayaking this week has been entering Louisiana. Hardly a difference in scenery can be noted, but psychologically it makes a big difference. Knowing that there are no more states to go through obviously mean I am on the home strectch of the trip.
Up north, I saw my first state boundary after bout 3 weeks, and now I have seen the last one. Louisiana will definetely be my favorite state. The big celebration is scheduled for September 1, the week after I finish and i look forward to seeing family and friends down here.
On tuesday, I took off early trying to get a few miles before Mi Casa II picked me up and we all headed to New Orleans. As I mentioned, we decided to take Mi Casa to New Orleans and dad and I will come back and camp the rest of the way.
I made up about 20 miles before I was pick up. That puts me about 15 miles north of Baton Rouge and about 150 miles from New Orleans. So cruising on Mi Casa is fun. I was taking in all the scenery, including the super cool, awesome ocean going vessels. This things are 500ft or bigger and carry cargo across the oceans. I saw several from Panama and China and even Holland.
It was going great, until dad realized that our fuel gage was running low and we nearly came to a halt. I am sure he mumbled a bad word or two after this realization. We took the boat at a very slow pace, hoping to make it 30 miles until we could refuel. It was a great relief to see the marina where we could have fuel brought in to us. What would have been a five hour trip from Baton Rouge to Nola was becoming longer and longer. Thankfully, fuel was delived to us quite quickly, a process that could have taken up to two or three days. We got underway late in the afternoon.
We made it to New Orleans just as the sun was setting and it looks to be a beautiful city. The riverside area looks cool and I cant wait to explore it when i have more time next week when I get back here. We saw some navy ships and look quite scary…i am sure if other countries saw they would think twice about a war with us. The river gets narrower and narrower and with all the ocean going ships it can be dangerous too.
I AM READY TO BE DONE!