Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Great (3/4) Cross Country Roadtrip: Tempe to Baton Rouge

In order to get from Tempe to Austin... we drove 16 hours in one day. It was nasty, we knew it was going to be a suck-fest, but we also knew this was one of the last (if not the last) year we'd be young enough to handle that much car time. So we pushed on and drove from about 6am until half past midnight (there's a 2 hour time change) making it all the way out of Arizona, across New Mexico, and a little over 2/3 of the way across Texas.

The one photo I have from that long long long day.
After that awful 16-hour journey, Austin to Baton Rouge was a piece of cake. Delayed 1 hour in Houston because of a multi-car crash blocking all lanes? (Thankfully, Sig-Alert said nobody was hurt, just a big rear-end pileup of a few cars) Not a big deal for us.

Once we were in Baton Rouge, we were staying with a friend who gave us full run of his house and kitchen, so we jumped on the opportunity and had real food. We roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, cooked veggies, it was the first "real food" we'd had in about 3-4 days. Totally great. We were getting sick of road food.

We spent almost a week in Baton Rouge. We took a trip to visit New Orleans, saw Mike the Tiger at LSU back in Baton Rouge, had a football party, visited with our friends, and found a gym that would gave us a free week pass to use while we were there.

We did let the bon temp roulez on Bourbon Street. In addition to this VW bug, we found a bar that had a bathroom inside of a bookcase.

Just one of the funny signs around LSU, GEAUX TIGERS!

Mike VI himself

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