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Friday was a beautiful day to ride but I had to take my day off to get the 30,000 mile service done on my truck;

and that was gonna take a half a day.

So, I loaded up the KLR in the truck and the three of us headed to the Dealership.

“Take your time” is probably not something the Service Department hears from customers very often


So the adventure begins admiring the beautiful architecture in historic Hammond, LA

between the Dealership and the Waffle House



Then south on Frontage Road which gives a more down to earth perspective than the elevated portion of I-55

that runs parallel the whole way to LaPlace, LA. 

Heading toward River Road I spotted this really cool 1963 Caddy that the mechanic said was being restored

to use as a limousine in downtown New Orleans for Weddings and such.



Bonfires on the levee are a long standing tradition in the deep south…




Crossing the basin of the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway where the dirt bike and ATV trails are…








Riding past Norco, which I learned during my 2.5 year hitch there that the name was derived from the

“New Orleans Refining Company”, I headed to New Sarpy where I used to eat at The Seafood Pot

a couple of times a week.



Really Good Food at this place. It’s worth making a special trip !!!


Continuing south we pass Ormond Plantation Manor; which was not open for tours





but I did discover the Denver…









Then on past the first major steel cable-stayed bridge built in the U.S. in  Luling, LA.



and finally come upon Destrehan Plantation.

Chek out thier website








My tour guide was very knowledgeable and I actually learned quite a bit about this significant house

and the surrounding area.








Then a carpentry demonstration…



And finally a self-guided tour of the rest of the grounds…






The Overseers House




The Smoke House



Slaves Cabin




Beautiful peaceful gardens...








Well, all this time I had my cell phone on “silent” (ever since the 10 minute film at the beginning of the tour)

and now I had several messages;  so, it was time to go.


I had been dreaming of another visit to The Seafood Pot and today was my lucky day!





No time for pictures now; I headed back through the Spillway off-road trails, got good and dusty,

and then super slabbed it back to reality and the Dealership to get my truck.


I’ll have to go back to Destrehan Plantation for the Festival next spring and bring my whole family.

I know they’ll love it!

Doug Coles
1999 KLR 650
1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt

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Thanks for the tour.  I'm always fascinated by lifestyles portrayed in old black and white photos at historical exhibits. 


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Next Time I'm In New Orlean's We Gotta Go Ridin'....

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