Most of the day, there was rain. For a while, the rain came down very hard and it got quite dark.
Left Memphis around 8:30 this morning and headed south. Highway 55, runs south out of Tennessee, and bi-sects Mississippi lengthwise. Jackson is right about in the middle. The road was in excellent shape. And the state was very clean along the way. There was very little traffic. This was a welcome relief from the heavy traffic that has been the norm so far.
Highway 55 continues into Louisiana. Then we turned onto Highway 12 and headed west. toward Baton Rouge. At Baton Rouge, we picked up Highway 10. Highway 10, between Baton Rouge and Lafayette, is mostly swamp/bayou. Highway 10 is elevated for most of this stretch. It was like travelling on a very, very long bridge. There was an accident in the east-bound side (separate bridge) and traffic was backed up like forever.
From Lafayette to Lake Charles, the landscape changed significantly. Both side of the highway was devoted to rice fields.
Birds seen along the way: White Ibis, Great Egret, Black Vulture