|Tue, 23 Feb: Running ahead of the storm...
The weather forecasts are not too kind. A large storm is heading across the gulf area, from Texas to Florida. We're not going to escape it, so our only option is where we'd like to be when it hits. Given our schedule we opted for the north lake area of Louisiana. Turned out not to be the best choice, but then again, hinesight is always 20/20.
Hoping to outrun the storm we left the RV park at 0820. We retraced our route to US 90 toward Lafayette and I 10. Ten miles up the road we stopped to fill Carpe's tank. She only took 30 gallons, but at $1.659/gallon it was too good to pass up.
Back on the road we continued north to and thru Lafayette. US 90 goes right thru some neighborhoods, which the residents must really love. Dodging and weaving we finally reached I 10 and hopped aboard eastbound.
This section of I 10 is very interesting as it crosses the 18-mile long Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. This is a twin causeway bridge that is the third longest in the U.S. It is narrow with a very narrow shoulder. We'd sure hate to break down on it. It has been repaired since our last transit in late 2013 and the ride is much smoother.
We crossed the Mississippi at Baton Rouge and took I 12 east of town. I 10 goes thru New Orleans, which we did not care to do. At Mandeville we exited on LA 59, which we took south to US 190 and the Fontainebleau State Park. As soon as we exited the interstate the skies opened and the rains came. We registered, disconnected the car, and backed Carpe into her spot in a torrential downpour. Glad we don't have to do that every day.
Once we got Carpe plugged in we hopped in the car and drove back to Mandeville for lunch at The Acme Oyster House. This is one of our favorite places and today's lunch did not disappoint us.
Back to the coach we settled in for what turned out to be a long and worrysome afternoon and evening. The aforementioned storm caught up with us and we spent six hours under a tornado watch with three tornado warnings. Fortunately we were parked right next to the storm shelter and we had our "bug-out" gear ready to go. The worst we had was heavy rain that completely surrounded the coach with ankle-deep water.
By bedtime the storms had moved to the east so we were able to sleep with little worry from the weather.
Today's run was 153 miles with an overall fuel economy of 8¼ mpg.