Fourth week on the road – Summary
When this week started I was just leaving Chattanooga. I spent time in Valdosta GA, Lakeland FL, and have finished the week with a couple days in New Orleans LA.
When I was leaving Valdosta on my way to New Orleans I decided to check my tire pressure, because 6000 miles and all that. I found that the right rear valve stem was loose. As soon as I took off the valve cap I heard air hissing out. It is fortunate that I had valve caps that seal tight and that was holding the pressure. The solution was to find an AutoZone and buy a valve stem wrench. Problem solved, I’m just glad I caught this when I did. Just another of those things that you don’t think will happen.
I noticed that a few people where passing me on the highway, then slowing down to get a photo of #RoadtripNick. So I added his hashtag to the window.
Florida was without a doubt the laziest I have been on this trip. I stayed with my friends Colin and Mai. I wish I had more to write about Lakeland, but I was a bit of a hermit and only went for one short walk the whole time I was there.
NEW ORLEANS!! WOW!.
Nasty Motel 6
This was the low end of the week. I had a great experience with Motel 6 in Akron OH. Not so nice an experience in New Orleans. The room was fairly clean but the nasty part is that the bathroom/shower is one big room. This does not immediately seem to be an issue until after you have taken a shower. Then get up later to use the washroom and find that the whole floor is wet and so are your sock. I used a couple towels just to dry the floor. I really wish I had thought of taking a photo just to show you how nasty the bathroom was.
Also while they advertised that the hotel had Internet they did not say that I had to pay for it. I had to buy a code from the front desk. Also I had to pay a higher price than the login asked for because they were “out of” the cheap codes. While it was not a huge expense I still feel that I was ripped off. In the future I will book a different hotel, and call ahead to make sure the Internet is included.
The first night in New Orleans I spent walking around the French Quarter just to get a feel for the place and to look for somewhere to eat dinner. Lots of people everywhere. The place is one big party. I found most of the places either had music too loud and drunk people being annoying. I really did not want to put myself into that situation just to get a meal. I got a recommendation for 801 Royal.
801 Royal and it was just what I was looking for. Maybe I’m just getting old, but the music was at a level where you could hear people, and the clientele did not look like frat boys out to get laid. I had the beef Po-boy with potato salad and it was pretty darn good. I also tried the Tin Roof Voodoo Bengal beer which I thought was fantastic. The staff was busy, but polite and the restaurant had a steady turnover of guests. I highly recommend 801 Royal for a more laid back experience where you can relax a bit.
Café Du Monde
Everyone has to go here. The line was crazy long so I just waited for it to die down. The place is complete chaos covered in powdered sugar. You can always tell the people who have been there from the powdered sugar splotches on their clothes. The coffee was good and the Beignets’ were alright as well. It seems like its a place to go just because of its reputation. People may hate me for saying this but while it was sugary and donuty I was not very impressed, sorry…
This is a complete hole in the wall dive bar recommended by a friend. There was a line outside to get in but as I was alone I immediately got seated at the bar. The staff was super friendly. My servers name is Stephanie. We bonded over stories of traveling and a back rub. I had the Noodle Jambalaya and it was fantastic. The food was well priced and delicious. I would go back to Coop’s the next time I am in New Orleans. Its a fun place with character where you will have no problem finding characters.
As I am walking around I was approached by a guy who asked about my Fuji camera. We walked and talked for a bit then exchanged cards. He gave me some great advice about street photography. The funny thing is I did not read the name on his card until later in the day. It turns out we have the same last name. Several times I have met people with my first name which I always thought was much more unique. I think this is the first time I have ever met anyone with my last name. He is also an amazing photographer. He is in New Orleans working on his second book about the city. Check out his work at Chrisbriscoe.com
Later in the day I wandered into the Jewels Art store and started talking to the shopkeeper Meredyth. We had a great conversation about pink hair, traveling, and how New Orleans allows people to be who they really are. I had such a great time talking with Meredyth, and she was very encouraging about my future travel plans. I hope to make it back to New Orleans so that we can go for a beer.
Well thats it for my fourth week. Here is the summary.
- Number of states entered = 5
- Number of beds slept in = 3
- Total distance = 1172 Miles
- Total expenses;
- Transportation = $101
- Accommodations = $120
- Food = $190
- Other = $25