N’awlins! Motorcycle Adventure etc.

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“It’s a wonderful city, and every American has enjoyed New Orleans in one way or the other.”

– Henry Bonilla

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After last night’s blog, Marty and I went out for a night adventure to Bourbon Street! Of course about five minutes in we were called back to play a game of Werewolf with Marty’s dad and all of the Techies here for the Tech Con. It was a very eventful night; filled with drinks and laughter as we “killed” the villagers in search of the evil werewolves!! Two rounds were played, and both times we were down to about 5 people at the end. The first round was won by the villagers (5 villagers survived – 0 werewolves) and the second round was won by the werewolves (1 villager survived – 2 werewolves survived).

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Marty and I then got up fairly early this morning to head out on the motorcycle! We made our way from downtown, to highway 55 along Lake Pontchartrain, to a small town called Ponchatoula. While we were there we stopped for a bit at a cute little antique shop, where I bought a few old Mardi Gras tokens (they really aren’t worth anything, but I collect coins and tokens!). It was nice to get out of the heat that we’d been riding in for a few hours!

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After soaking in the AC in the little shop, we climbed back onto the motorcycle and went on our way. We then changed directions and drove down highway 22 towards another small town called Mandeville/Madisonville where we ate at a place called Skooters Grill and Yogurt. They had amazing food, and nice service too. It gave me a little bit of a stomach ache afterwards, but it was so worth it! Marty and I both recommend going there if you have the chance! Plus, their bathrooms have baby pink doors and bright orange walls, how cool is that!? :)

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Having eaten an amazing lunch, we hit the road again, on our way to the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. It’s made up of two bridges running from one side of the lake all the way to the other, and is the longest bridge in the world at nearly 24 miles long. By the time we got to the end of the bridge, our butts were numb, and my shoulders and arms are now lobster red with sunburn. Don’t worry, I’ve learned my lesson! Sort of.

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Arriving back at the hotel, Marty’s dad invited us to go with him to the French Quarter. Having been there yesterday and truly enjoying ourselves, we decided to go with him! On the way there we found a Swamp Tour booth and set up a tour for in the morning! I’m sure I’ll write about it tomorrow! After that we were back on our way to the French Quarter. Once we made it there we stopped in a little bar (which I forgot the name of! Bad me!) and had a drink and a snack. I ended up getting a Mississippi Mud Pie, which I !HIGHLY! recommend if you like Oreos and chocolate!

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While we ate we watched a few groups play jazz music outside, and once we finished we walked along the walkway and got a closer look at them. They played beautifully, and watching them was probably the highlight of my day. The happiness that came off of them in waves was intoxicating, and people were gathered around them; soaking it in. Once they finished playing we walked in the direction of Bourbon Street and then back towards our hotel. Along the way we saw a “Second Line” filled with celebrating musicians and people who were following a horse-drawn hearse. It was a moving event to see.

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This city is just amazing, and is so full of art. From music and paintings, to dancers and singers that line the street. It is a wonderful city, and I can’t wait to enjoy some more of it tomorrow!

Now off to play another round of Werewolf with Marty! :)

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Thanks for reading! ♥

Photos are mine!

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