Louisiana Cycling Adventures

April 13, 2016

Louisiana Cycling Adventures

Houmas House Plantation Louisiana

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living."   ~Mary Ritter Beard
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I love this quote for its wonderful reflection of my thoughts, feelings, and emotions after traveling to Louisiana.  All of the sights, sounds, and definitely the people have caused such a beautiful shift in my outlook on life.  During this trip, life moved at a slower pace; I was able to catch my breath.
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Through my photos, I'm hoping to impart such peacefulness to you as well.  And, if you are not already, realizing that the world is your oyster, so go out and explore.  You will be beautifully changed forever.  (And you will check off an item or two from your bucket list.)
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New Orleans Garden District Home

Our group cycled on the New Orleans bike path  Pineapple Urn in Garden District New Orleans

We began our cycling along small streets in the Garden District of New Orleans to the lovely bike paths as we left the city.  Most of the bike paths ran next to the Mississippi River for fantastic views of the barges and ships on the water.

Houmas House Plantation Louisiana Iron bench at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens Statues in Houmas House Plantation Gardens Tea Gardens at Houmas House PlantationArbor at Houmas House Interesting flower in the gardens of Houmas House Plantation

 After a pleasant first day of cycling, we made our home for the night at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow, Louisiana.  The mansion was fantastic but the gardens were amazing - from the statues, ponds, and gazebos!

Nottoway Plantation

Nottoway Plantation Cabin  Nottoway Plantation Cemetery

Our second night found us at Nottoway Plantation, near White Castle, Louisiana, and along the Mississippi River.  Gorgeous views even in our cabins behind this gorgeous mansion.

Madewood Plantation

Lovely flowers at Madewood Plantation  Side view of Madewood Plantation

We stayed at the charming Madewood Plantation, Napoleanville, Louisiana, for our final two nights.  This was the only residence we actually stayed inside the main mansion.  The precious Andrea was our guide, director, and one-woman show for all history surrounding the Madewood Plantation and area.

More photos of our sights:

 Ships on the Mississippi River in New Orleans Louisiana cemetery Lovely extras at the Houmas House Plantation We loved our ferry ride across the Mississippi River Row houses in Louisiana Cycling friends in Louisiana Scenes from our swamp tour Tiny alligator seen during our swamp tour Swamps scenes on the side of the road

A few of my cycling friends

After spending five days cycling and five nights enjoying each other's company, these ladies as part of our Woman Tours group are now family.  I can not wait to go on another Woman Tours event, and can't wait to see these beautiful ladies again!

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