Monday, December 27, 2010

Day 9 - Bonita Springs, FL to New Orleans, LA - 860 Miles

Hi Everybody,

first day of driving after 4 days of rest - we are back on the road! Of course Claudia has joined us now and Nick had to give up the front passenger seat. We had a long trip ahead of us, so far the longest 860 Miles and 12 hours of driving. In the morning (6:30) when we left it was really cold in Bonita Springs - low 40's (5 Celsius) and it got much colder during our drive to New Orleans - 32 Fahrenheit (0 Cecilius). We took I 75 up to the 10 Freeway going West, first into Alabama, then Mississippi and then into Louisiana. The northern part of Florida looks very different to most of the state. Lot of farm land and rolling hills. In Alabama we took a detour from the 10 and went down to one of the beach cities. Beautiful beaches - all with white sand, but windy and very cold. Driving further west passing by Mobile, AL driving to Mississippi we arrived in New Orleans around 7:30pm. Checked into the hotel and went out for dinner. We are going to stay an extra day in New Orleans for some sightseeing and will be back on the road on Tuesday early morning for our drive to San Antonio, TX, roughly 500 miles away.
                                                                           Our map
                                                                            Off to New Orleans
Road to the Gulf Coast in Alabama
New Orleans, French Quarter
Beignets at the world famous 'Cafe du Monde'
Nicholas Cage's family's above ground resting place

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