We got onto I-10 west, and went six miles to Causeway Boulevard, which leads to the Pontchartrain Causeway, the longest continuous bridge over water in the world. Tolls are collected only in the southbound direction, so we got a free trip this time. It was a strange feeling, knowing that at the halfway point, we were 12 miles from the nearest land.
There are no shoulders to pull onto in the event of a breakdown, but there are six crossovers which join the northbound and southbound spans. These are about three miles apart, and at two of the crossovers there are towtrucks on permanent standby to remove breakdown vehicles from the travel lanes.
After the causeway, we took I-12 eastbound to Slidell, where it merges into I-10. We drove through an absolutely torrential downpour just east of the Mississippi state line. The rain was so heavy that traffic was slowed to 30mph or less.
|Mississippi state line|
|Heavy rain on I-10|
We soon arrived at our destination for the day, Payne's RV Park near Theodore, Alabama. This is a very quiet and peaceful park in a pastoral setting, complete with free-range chickens and a rooster, Muscovy ducks, and a couple of friendly wandering cats. The park owners are very friendly and we were greeted warmly on arrival.
|Inquisitive young cat|
Tomorrow is the last leg of our journey to Florida. It is a three-hour drive of 160 miles through Mobile and Pensacola. We will remain in Florida at Live Oak Landing for 10 days, until April 26.