We saw this white mare in her corral; she looked at us and then went back into the barn and trotted out her foal to show us. It was a pleasure to watch.
Then, a mile or so down the road we saw this turkey strutting his stuff for all the chickens in the neighborhood. There is no drought here, like we saw in Texas. We saw flooded fields that were planted in rice, and others with cages in them (like above) that are used for harvesting crawfish. The rivers are high and muddy, unlike the dried riverbeds in Texas. We commented on the difference in terrain, weather, and land use as soon as we crossed the state line yesterday.
The 42 mile sag stop was at Guidry's Grocery, in Mermentau. Charlie Guidry, whose family has owned this store for over 50 years, came out to greet us, gave us directions, and donated several gallons of drinking water to the sag car.
We had planned all day to eat lunch in Crowley, but the first several restaurants we tried were closed.... while we were looking for a place to eat, my seat bag fell off.... a young man in a pickup truck stopped and asked us where we were going, and was kind enough to tell us what places were open, and dug around in the back of the truck and found a piece of cord for me to tie my seat bag onto the handlebar bag until the end of the day. Life is good!
There were several lots containing little prebuilt houses that are used for people displaced by hurricanes. (yes we are in the hurricane zone now). Everything is different here.We arrived at Lafayette after 4 PM. 84 miles is a long day in the best of conditions; it seems even longer when fighting the wind and frying in the intense sun. As soon as I arrived at the hotel I texted Bill that I was here, took a shower, and fixed my seat bag. Life is good. One more very long day of riding and then we have a rest day in St. Francisville.