Thursday – December 27, 2012
We departed the Walmart in Lake Charles, Louisiana at 7:45 a.m., continuing our travel eastbound on I-10. It was another very cold night with the temperature in the high 20’s. It was a sunny day and it quickly warmed up into the mid 50’s.
At 9:30 a.m. at milepost 177, near Gonzales, Louisiana, the eastbound traffic came to halt. Eastbound I-10 had just been shut down at milepost 179, due to an overturned tanker truck. Reports on our CB radio said the tanker might have been carrying a hazardous chemical, which would require a time-consuming cleanup by a Hazmat crew before the Interstate could be reopened. All traffic had to exit at milepost 179 and travel on alternate routes for several miles to regain access to eastbound I-10. A report on the Internet later in the day stated the tanker was not carrying any hazardous materials and eastbound I-10 was reopened at 1:00 p.m.
We arrived at the Bayou Segnette State Park campground in Westwego, Louisiana at 12:30 p.m. This park is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, across from the city of New Orleans. This campground has 100 campsites with electric and water hookups at each site. There are two facilities with flush toilets, hot showers and laundry. The laundry is free for the washer and dryer, courtesy of the Bayou Segnette State Park. There is a dump station on site.
The majority of the campsites had already been reserved online, but we were fortunate to obtain a campsite for two nights. We would like to stay at this campground through January 1, 2012, but if a campsite does not become available, we will go to another state park campground near New Orleans.
Camping Fee: $21.00 per night.
Total miles traveled today: 210
Tomorrow another adventure begins.