Monday, October 24, 2016

SHUNPIKING

SHUNPIKING:  avoiding the turn pikes, taking the back roads.



After 7 years on the road, we have learned to take the back roads.  Much less traffic = much less stress.  We would much rather go a little slower and get there relaxed.

What would you rather see?  This:



or this:


We plan our route always being aware of alternate routes.  We use our trusty Walmart map book (desperately in need of replacement) and Doug makes 3 x 5 cards with instructions.  At some point, we may use the GPS on my phone but we only use it when we are near our destination or LOST.


Coming into New Orleans, we chose to come over the Pontchartrain causeway, a 23 mile "bridge" which takes you right into the city.  Navigation is much easier when you cut the route in half.  The toll was $12.00 but in our opinion, worth the money.



7 comments:

heyduke50 said...

We have stayed at the state park just north of that bridge and taken the causeway in to visit New Orleans... love the drive across the causeway.

Jim and Sandie said...

Love those backroads.

Jim and Sandie said...

Love those backroads.

Peter + Beatrix said...

Picture #3 doesn't really like a back Rd. rather like an empty Interstate. Less traffic=more fun.

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

The Pontchartrain causeway made me very nervous. I don't like to be off solid land that long.

Wanderin' said...

I'd rather have the empty roads like Peter ... wherever they might be.

our awesome travels said...

Love taking that causeway, have driven across it many times to visit the French Quarter, enjoy N'awlins.