The Motorhome Crosses The Mississippi River By Ferry…

March 20, 2010

Jim says: Thursday night we spent at the end of Michele’s mile-long gravel road where it was delightfully quiet and awoke to this beautiful scene…

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The view from my driver’s window this morning.

We headed out at 11:00 AM and drove the about 75 miles to New River, Louisiana where we caught a free ferry across the Mississippi River. The ferry takes a maximum of 51 feet in length. There was a fifth wheel RV directly in front of us. When he got to the loading ramp, he measured out at 56 feet and he was forced to back out over and up the levee road. He said he missed the sign indicating the 51 foot maximum. With the Bronco II attached to the motorhome, we measure 47 feet.

I always research our next day’s planned route the night before, just to avoid such surprises. When I saw the Toll Ferry on the map, I went online to check for maximum length…sure enough…there it was…51 feet. I then called the Louisiana Ferry System telephone number to confirm the ferry was operating normally as there is a high water alert for this area next week. It indicated all was operating normally.

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Sitting atop the levee awaiting the ferry to cross the Mississippi River.
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The view from my driver’s window as we cross the Mississippi River.
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Approaching the receiving ramp.

Once across the river, we proceeded another five miles to the small town of St. Francisville where we parked for the night.

Today we will leave the motorhome here and drive the about 20 miles in the Bronco to visit the museum at the Louisiana Angola State Prison…a maximum security facility.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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