Wednesday, June 13, 2007

1485.4 Miles - Part IV Reentry

Monday Morning. All good things come to an end. After a hearty breakfast of ham and eggs. We spent the morning packing and searching for stuff under the beds.

Since we had brought most of the food we ate with us we had a lot less stuff to return to New Orleans.

We were concerned about the traffic so we decided to leave early. We rolled out about 10 AM.

428.1 miles, Total Time: 6 hours 30 mins (approx.)

The weather was beautiful and the traffic away from the beach was light. We made good progress back towards I-10.
As usual our Yahoo Maps directions were more or less accurate and once we got to I-1o we didn't need any more instructions.

As we headed west we were amazed at the lack of traffic. We sped down unfamiliar parts of I-10 heading towards Pensacola. It wasn't until we got to to bridge over Mobile Bay that there was any traffic. There was a serious backup at the tunnel.

We cleared Mobile and continued pretty well. Every minute brought us closer to New Orleans.

Crossing from Slidell we knew we were back in New Orleans. The East is showing signs of recovery, but it is also still showing the scars of Katrina. There are gutted and collapsing buildings everywhere. There are also lots of FEMA trailers and apartments with for Rent signs.

It was still early so we decided to stop by the house and check things out. Exiting 1-10 at Morrison Road we were really reentering the real New Orleans.

After 1485.4 miles in four days we pulled up in our driveway. It was worth the trip.

Back to reality.

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