Sunset in PV

Sunset in PV

Sunday, April 21, 2013

April 21, 2013 – “Alexandria, LA”

I will post a short one while we have a good internet connection today. We left Jasper last Monday, missed a turn, and ended up on a road with a sign that read, “Bridge ahead 28,000 pound limit”. That damned Murphy again? So, what’s a guy to do? Pull over on a two lane road with no shoulders, unhook the Equinox, and turn this rig around. It took some doing, but we got it done. What really aggravates me is the Rand McNally for RV’s navigational device was routing us that way, and it is supposed to route us around bridges we are too heavy for and around underpasses we are too tall for. (Click on any image to enlarge.)

We eventually made it to LA Hwy 8, which runs from the border with TX, through Leesville, LA (Ft. Polk), up to Alexandria, so I’m thinking we’ve got it made. Not so fast. This highway is nothing more than a rough two lane logging road with no shoulders. Did I mention it was rough? If I didn’t, it was. Luckily the only traffic we encountered was from oncoming logging trucks….loaded. Most were driving like a bat out of hell with their pants on fire. Yep, Murphy is still with us. It was only 120 miles from Jasper to Alexandria, but it felt like so much more.

We arrived at Alexandria RV Park, which we found on our numero uno website, It only had one review, but we took the chance, and once we arrived, were glad we did.

The following day CC got caught up on laundry, while I tried unsuccessfully to connect to the wi-fi available here. They only have 10 campsites, and their router is about 75 yards away, so all I could manage to pick up was a very weak signal. I finally gave up, and decided a trip to Best Buy for a wi-fi amplifier was in order.

Now that we have a better internet connection, thanks to the amplifier, CC spent most of Wednesday planning our next few stops in route to Birmingham. With that bit of research completed, it was now time for “Happy Hour”.

Thursday we planned a visit to the Kent Plantation House, which is central Louisiana's oldest standing structure and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is a representation of plantation life between 1795 and 1855. The main structure was erected in 1800. The Creole house and restored period outbuildings are now used as a showcase for tourists.

For more images of the Kent Plantation House, click here.

Tomorrow we move a short 90 miles east to Natchez, MS. We plan on a little sightseeing and a trip up the Natchez Trace Parkway later in the week. That’s about it for now, until next time, take care and stay well. Thanks for stopping by and catching up on this couple of gypsies.

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