SOUTH CENTRAL U.S. trip
Nov. 29-Dec. 2 2013
It's...Shreveport! We're heading into Shreveport on I-20 in Bossier City, La.
As we cross the Red River into the ol' Shreve, we see several bridges if we look north. The one in front is hard to see here, but the framework is partly gray and partly rusted. That's a rail span. The bridge in the background on the right is the Long-Allen Bridge, carrying US 79/80 (Texas Street).
Another view of Shreveport from I-20, with the twin-toned rail bridge on the right.
Yet another view of the hometown of Terry Bradshaw, Johnnie Cochran, and Hank Williams Jr.
Garbage in the roadway on I-20 in Shreveport.
We get on I-49 in Shreveport.
South on I-49 at LA 3132, part of the freeway bypass around Shreveport. We're also approaching Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, which I include here just because Sesame Street references are so cool.
West on LA 6. The lake is Toledo Bend Reservoir, which separates Louisiana from Texas here. The huge, 65-mile-long reservoir was formed in the 1960s by damming the Sabine River.
The road has a very long bridge crossing Toledo Bend Reservoir. At the state line, LA 6 becomes TX 21.
North on the reservoir. I think the markers are to delineate a boating route.
Entering Texas on TX 21. Pretty sure the road on the right is the old TX 21.
Crossing Toledo Bend Reservoir back to Louisiana.
The bridge over the reservoir may be several miles long.
The narrow Red River bridge on US 71/165 in Alexandria, La. What's tough to see here is that it appears as if they're bulding a new bridge just to the right of it.
It's...Alexandria! This view is from I-49.
Another view of Alexandria. It appears as if we're looking directly onto the Jackson Street Bridge (behind the trees).
Whassamatter, Bunkie? You not know how to use newsreader? Is that what's bothering you, Bunkie? This is on I-49. This is where we stopped for gas, but the restroom at the gas station was hopelessly monopolized, so I couldn't use it. So you better hope you don't have any bunkies in Bunkie!
I-49 south of Bunkie.
US 190 in Krotz Springs, La. The dual bridge up ahead is a humongous span over the Atchafalaya River.
Crossing the US 190 bridge.
Looking down the Atchafalaya towards a rail bridge.
US 190 is elevated through the swamp after the bridge. We wanted to turn around, but the median barrier went on for miles.
Going back the other way on the US 190 bridge.
Just before we cross the river again, we're looking north on the levee and the road next to it.
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