After Cajun Mardi Gras in Eunice, we drove back toward Lafayette to continue our time in Cajun Country. We ended up driving a little back east to Breaux Bridge and stayed at Uncle Dick Davis Campground.
Uncle Dick Davis was a great find! All of the spots were well kept, full hookup, and right on the water. The price was right too, only $18/night. However, we never figured out how to pay. We felt kind of bad about it, but no one worked there or answered the listed number.
Cycling in Breaux Bridge
I thought this area would have some potential for riding because it is more rural. However, the roads were really bad and the speed limits were high. The Levee Road to Catahoula is the best one I could find. I did a couple of rides here and even found a great watering hole, Red’s Levee Bar. After one of my rides, Leigh and I took the Jeep back over to grab a beer. We mingled with the friendly locals for a while and were disappointed that we couldn’t stay a day longer for their deer and rabbit cook off!
Crawfishing in Catahoula
Our new friend Dexter invited us to go out with him while we were there. He is a crawfisherman with several ponds in Catahoula. We went over for our lunch break one day It was a pretty interesting operation. Dexter picked us up, and we rode down each row in the pond. He and his parter had the system down, one would empty a trap while the other baited the next. It didn’t take long to fill several sacks. Dexter has customers put in orders and come straight out to the pond to pick them up.
Atchafalaya Swamp Tour
Normally I’m not that crazy about doing tours. However, in the Atchafalaya, you don’t have much choice. If you don’t know your way around, it is a confusing place. Fortunately, our friends Guy and Lainey recommended a great guide, Cajun Customized Excursions and even joined us on the tour. The water at this time was much higher than it will be the rest of the year. We rode between trees and over lily pads seeing birds, turtles, and a big gator.
Back to Bayou Teche
We concluded our time in Cajun Country the same way we started it, with a night at Bayou Teche Brewery. Guy and Lainey joined us there for more crawfish and beer. To our surprise, Dexter dropped in also and brought us some frozen crawfish for the road. We had a great time in this area. In fact, it’s been one of the highlights of the trip so far. We are looking forward to our final stop in Louisiana next week.