Motorbike madness & cities by the sea
May 24, 2010
|16/05/10 - Raymondville to Port Aransas - hhmmm forgot to do the milage...google map it!
I had planned to stay with a couch surfer in Corpus Christi but he was a no show.....fine mr.couch surfer in Corpus...your loss!! I decided to drive onwards to Port Aransas and I'm glad I did, it was lovely.There is a great big sacry looking bridge and then boat to get there (slightly longer journey than I thought), I managed to find a campsite which was very exciting seeing as it was my tents first outing!! The tent, which was a one man $20 job was, um, quite small....I really felt close to my bike bags that night!! I met my next door neighbour on arrival, Mr.White from spring something (he had quite a grand affair..camper van/R.V, no one man tents for him), we hung out, walked on the beach, went to dinner, he was a really nice, interesting man....happing R.Ving Mr White!!!!
17/05/10 - port Aransas to San Antonio - 262kms
Wow, I am just not getting the hang od these U.S roads....great, until I hit a city, then I have big problems...like I did on my arrival into San Antonio, thankfully I managed to get some U.S army guys to give me directions to my (very strange and out of the way) hostel. San Antonio is a nice city,I did lots of toursity things like the famous river walk, which is lovely..when its not midday and 80 degrees so the easier alternative for $8 is to take a riverboat...beats walking..supports local economies!! I just have to give my mum a shout out here...oohhhh the shopping, riverside cafes, you would love it!!
18&19/05/10 San Antonio to Austin - 153kms easy day!!
San Antonio to Austin was such a nice esay days riding, and the hostal had pool, what more do you need!! Austin is known for its music, and true enough, you will find bar after bar with good live music blasting out, I found the most amazing food place called the whole foods market and....stayed there...for two days....eating, (there are many, many different types of cookies to try, the frog shaped ones with green icing were the best)!!
20/05/10 Austin to Houston - 293kms
Houston was another couch surfing stop, thanks a million Jerry. Jerry was a great guy,I only stayed for a night and I met a hanful of really nice people, jerry showd me a few of the sights, Houston has an impressive looking university, lots of antique shops which were interesting and a young bohemian vibe...now that is only my impression, I liked it anyway!
21/05/10 Houston to Lake Charles (via lots of broken roads) wait for it....396kms Longest day yet!! MOTORBIKE MADNESS!!
Wow, what a day this was, good fun, tough, many more different and intersesting forms of sunburn! From Houston I rode South, took the boat over to Port Bolivar and then followed the road that runs paralell to the coast. 2 years ago,a hurricane hit here and wiped a lot out, sadly, people lost homes and livelihoods. The road runs right by the coast and it was lovely, then, there is a part which has been closed due to the fact that the hurricane destroyed it, I asked a few people on the way if they thought my dirt bike (as they call it here in the U.S, but then anything that is not a harley is a dirt bike) would make it....um...I probably wouldnt' try was the response I got generally, well, I tried and it was a good ride to say the least 14 miles took me 2.5 hours, I love my Honda!!! So, I made that part and then had plans to stay in one of the small coastal towns for the night...but, they also got wiped out by the hurricane so what I saw on my map didn't exist...including petrol stations, oohhh dear. I ended up riding all the way to Lake Charles, stayed in a motel, had the best shower ever, good day apart from the loss of my bike jacket which is probably now floating in the sea having come off the back of my bike, oh well.
22/05/10 Lake Charles to Baton Rouge 210kms
Today, I had planned to ride all the way to new Orleans but my aching bum basically prevented me so I had an unplanned stopover in Baton Rouge. There are a lot of old plantation homes around this area which are quite interesting, you can do tours which enable you to look inside these houses and tell you about the history of the area (thats if you want to part with $80), if not you can go to the casino opposite your motel!
23&24/05/10 - Baton Rouge to New Orleans 138kms easy!
I find it quite hard to put New Orleans into words really, its an amazily colourful, energetic, vibrant city which photos cannot do justice to. I'm staying at a very nice hostal,close to down town New orleans...(random observation , mixed sex dorm rooms smell like teenage boys...not that nice). The French quaters within the city offer whatever you may want...live street performances, botique clothes shops, food markets, African instrments, rowdy saloon bars, quiet piano bars and the list goes on. I happily spent two days in N.O and could have stayed longer, there was a great free music festival on which I went to...New Orleans, I hope I take some of your energy with me!!