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DAY 78: BEAUMONT, TX TO JACKSON, MS

The seventy-eighth day has arrived and we began in Beaumont, TX. Rainfall had moistened the terrain, but didn’t damper our spirits or stop the ID. 4. We headed east and came across a small wooden shack. The shack was labeled “Gator Creek” and had a classic Volkswagen Beetle inside the old garage. We crossed the Texas border into Louisiana. There was a yard full of trees that all leaned toward a center point. We crossed the Indian Bay using the Indian Bay Inlet Bridge. The Lake Charles Oil Refinery could be seen from the bridge. The behemoth of a complex housed an immense amount of huge machinery mainly processed heavy, high sulfur and high-acid crude oils. Near Egan, LA, we met a man in classic 1989 Lincoln that had mostly original parts. The cool white car also had chrome rims that came out to a point like spikes. The Louisiana wetlands swelled up even higher due to the rain. In Lafayette, LA, the trees that would stand tall have been reduced to mere shrubs. Through the town, a tree’s very long limbs expanded out past it’s trunk and over the nearby street. When we entered Baton Rouge, there was a boat that had been capsized near some waterfront homes. This was caused by Hurricane Elsa, a tropical storm that caused massive damage to cities around the Gulf of Mexico in July of 2021. Rivers swelled with water as the rain continued. We encountered the Huey P. Long Bridge, a monstrous 23,000 ft. railroad track overlooking Jefferson Parish. We crossed the long causeway that spans 23 miles over Lake Pontchartrain into New Orleans, LA. The ID. 4 took the historic city by stride. We got to check out the famous French Quarter on Bourbon Street. We were surrounded by the creole style architecture, which is a combination of French, Spanish, and Caribbean styles meshed into one. There was music flowing into the streets. The jazz style that was birthed in New Orleans is consisted of up-beat melodies that resemble gospel music and marching sequences that include instruments such as trumpets, tubas, clarinets, banjos, and pianos. A nice gentleman that played the sousaphone in one of the nightly jazz bands spoke to us about his music, the ID. 4 and our tour. Our night then came to a conclusion in Jackson, MS. 

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