Yesterday I drove south of New Orleans on the river road. Following the west bank road, LA Highway 23 to its end, we turned around went back north to the ferry at Pointe a la Hache. There we crossed the Mississippi River by ferry and took Highway 15 and then Highway 39 north along the east bank.
Along the way we saw citrus groves (tons of satsuma ripe on the trees), sad evidence of the almost complete destruction of some areas during Katrina, reassuring evidence that rebuilding is taking place, and we visited two important historical sites in American history, Fort Jackson and the National Battlefield Park at Chalmette (Battle of New Orleans).
For an account of this river road drive, click here to read http://hillcountryhogsblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/following-mississippi-river-south-of.html