Okay Folks, it's time to visit the USA again and do another roadtrip, this time down the Mississippi, from the headwaters to the delta. And wouldn't you know it, just as I will be landing, the USA is closing down... Hopefully this will have minimal impact on the trip though (should have held off buying my US dollars though...).
The trip will take 10 days on the road. Coming from Australia, and being a photographer who covers very lengthy car rallies (5000km plus), the 300km per day average is a very easy walk in the park. The plan is to stick to the Great River Road as closely as we can without getting to off track or lost. The plan is to have a 100 mile corridor down the river either side, and if something appeals to us, we'll head to it). If nothing appeals to us we'll head over onto the interstate and burn south as fast as we can, then go to somewhere interesting.
We will be staying in Montecello MN after arriving for 5 days, during which time a trip to Bemidji will get us to the headwaters, then follow the river to New Orleans (and hopefully down into the Delta), where we're staying for 2 nights before heading to L.A. for our last two days.
What do I hope to see on my trip? I'm hoping to see 'small town USA', I've seen NY, Vegas and LA before, and want to travel somewhere less touristy. I want to eat my way down the river, and enjoy the changes in cuisine all the way from Poutine (from Canadia, I know) to Crawfish & Grits in Lousianna and everything in between. While in MN I desperately want to visit Fort Snelling and pay my respects (as an ex Aussie grunt) to the fallen.
So, if anyone has any ideas or location of places to visit, please free free to update the post. If ayone knows what this 'shut down' business is likely to do, please free to update. If anyone knows where I can get good Crawfish, well, feel free to update...
Other than that, I'll update on my return with a comprehensive report into the trip.