2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Madisonville, LA - Fairview-Riverside State Park - Site 82

Madisonville, LA - Fairview-Riverside State Park - Site 82, another view

The river as it flows by the park

The river from the opposite direction

One of the houses on the river outside the park

Some of the green space along the river in the park

Some more of the park

One of the twisted oaks along the river

Some of the camp sites in the park

The boat wharf in the park

The channel from the park to the river

Water iris along the short trail we walked

They were pretty

We got a late start (11:00 a.m.) for yesterday's trip across the tips of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. For some reason we just couldn't seem to get moving. I think it may take a few stops to get back in the swing of things this trip! It still only took us a little over four hours to reach camp, including a stop for petrol. It was our first stop in the truck lanes of a truck stop and was a very smooth experience. The only problem was adjusting to the much faster fuel flow in the pumps which causes the diesel to foam and make it a little harder to get a full tank but I'll learn from it. It was still easier, faster and a breeze to fill up compared with trying to measure a station's lanes and try to determine whether we will have a problem maneuvering in and out of the lanes.

We are staying at Fairview-Riverside State Park just above Lake Pontchartrain a few miles from I-12. It is a very large state park on the shore of the Tchefuncte River which flows into Lake Pontchartrain just South of here. The park is more like an RV park than most state parks I have stayed in, having smaller sites, paved access and pads. Some of the sites are fairly unlevel, ours included, and though our site is considered a "premium site" we were a little disappointed with how short, narrow and unlevel the pad was. We do have 3G Verizon coverage and were able to get a good satellite lock on as well as 50 amps and water.

We didn't do much here but relax and do little things around the coach, letting my body recover a bit more. We are headed for Winnie, TX tomorrow and will spend a couple of nights there.

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