Ma Mama's Turtle Soup

New Roads, LA

boudin
Breakfast of champions, boudins. (The Louisiana spelling is slightly different from Texas.) I got two from the gas station – one to eat, and one to carry. These were the steamed kind that I prefer to deep-fried.
weather forecast
The weather channel said scattered thunderstorms today. But look at the forecast for tomorrow. I may have to shelter in place.
offender crew
There were inmates slowly walking along the highway picking up the plentiful litter, with a slow moving truck following them. The truck had a porta-potty on the bed. I didn’t get a picture of the actual workers, unfortunately.
milo
They grow milo here.
The ACA route took a winding path following the shore of the lake. This is Hwy 1, which is shorter and more direct. Looks all right to me, but I followed the ACA route.
ACA route
The instructions were hard to follow. I realize now that I was supposed to turn right onto the poorly-paved road.
gravel hill
This can’t be right…
patchy road
This is the official ACA road. Not very good, and there was still traffic on it. I saw no reason to follow it, and shifted over to Hwy 1 at the next opportunity.
Simmesport
Simmesport was not nearly as deserted as Joanne suggested. It probably would have made a decent stop. And it had the modest-looking Sportsman’s Motel. But I didn’t want to stop after such low mileage. It was barely noon.
Cajun Chicken
I ate at a somewhat dilapidated place called Cajun Chicken. Some of the signs just said “un Chicken.” The ice cream machine was broken, so no cones, shakes, sundaes. They were out of iced tea, so I got fruit punch. But here’s the thing: there were people lined up and waiting. Pretty good chicken.

I met a couple of farmers at lunch. They did soybeans, milo, rice, and crawfish. They said that crawfish are already in the ground, and they just come up and eat the slime on the rice stalks without damaging the rice. They also agreed that I should take Highway 1.

Atchafalaya Bridge
It was a little scary going over this tall and long bridge. There was no shoulder.
darkening skies
On the other side of the bridge, a cool wind began to blow against me. It felt great, but I knew what that meant. For the next 3 miles, it rained HARD. Stinging hard. No pictures, of course, because I had buttoned down my pack.
cows
Rain comes and goes quickly in this region. When it stopped, I took this picture. Looks like it could have been out of a computer game. Some egrets were perching on the cows, but flew away as I approached. Maybe they were catching flies? The cows didn’t seem to mind.
Morel Court (Inn)
I had a difficult time following the ACA instructions into New Roads, but with the help of my Android phone, got to town. I had trouble locating the Morel’s Inn, which looks nothing like lodging from the outside.
room 12
My room was about $80 including tax. That discourages me from staying an extra day, but we’ll see how severe the weather is tomorrow. This is a touristy area, so the accommodations are bed-and-breakfast type. Without the breakfast, in this case.

After I took a shower and cleaned up, I had several choices for dinner. Morel’s Restaurant on the lake, associated with the lodging. Satterfield’s Restaurant, also on the lake, which had a basket of crawfish prepared 3 ways, plus fries, for $15, and 12″ pizza for $7. There was also Tiger Drive In – probably cheap, but nothing special. Ma Mama’s Kitchen was across the street, serving a variety of fine food. Google maps had two dollar signs on it. It was fairly upscale, but I tried it.

Ma Mama's Turtle Soup
The turtle soup was divine! It came with about a tablespoon of sherry to stir in just before eating.

I also had seafood pasta, which was shrimp, crawfish, crab, and bacon in a cream sauce over angel hair. Good, but only good. I didn’t get a picture.

This concluded Map 5 of 7, and I will start on Map 6 tomorrow.

Miles today: 68.2 (on account of taking Hwy 1 shortcut)

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    1. Wow, the florists, all the way from Arizona! Hi, Marni and Alex. There’s been so much in-between, that Arizona seems a lifetime ago. The terrain here is nothing like the desert. There is standing water in the ditch at all times, and massive plant life. And mosquitoes, although I seem to have some resistance to them, compared to my zero resistance to those ants in the desert.

    1. That’s the question I asked before ordering it – “Is that turtle soup real turtle, or mock turtle?” The woman serving didn’t understand the question. Possibly no Louisianan would seriously consider using some kind of substitute. She said it had pieces of turtle meat. Turtle meat is NOT like chicken. It seemed like there were at least 2 kinds of meat in the soup. One was really soft, melting like the pork in pork and beans. The other was more like tiny chunks of stewed beef.

  1. Kendra and I arrived in Oahu Wednesday, the weather is not too hot, surprisingly. That turtle soup looked intriguing, it seems that Louisiana has a lot of good food to try. Good thing you only had to ride 3 miles in the hard rain. As always, the photos are fun to look at and it is always interesting to see where you get to stay and what you are seeing on the road. It looks much greener where you are now.

    1. Hi, sweetheart. I still haven’t had a true crawfish or shrimp boil. But that’s all right. Can always go to Kickin’ Crab back home. I stayed in the Tomorrow should be challenging. I’ll be posting in a few minutes.

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