The New York Times travels from the bottom of the boot to the top of the map

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 5:00pm

The New York Times is documenting a cross-country road trip. Rather than going the traditional coast to coast route, this trip is started at the bottom of the boot and will continue all the way to the top of the map.

Travel writer Seth Kugel started his journey in Baton Rouge, then meandered to four other destinations across the Bayou State. His stops in the Capitol City included dinner at Poor Boy Lloyd’s and breakfast at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market.

“But it was late Friday afternoon when I arrived in the city, the starting line for my through-the-heartland summer road trip that would eventually take me to Fargo, N.D. Within a few hours the restaurant would be serving dinner — and, according to its Web site (, offering live music. It was hard to imagine that entertainment at a place called Poor Boy Lloyd’s could possibly be bland, so I headed over, grabbed a table for one, ordered a shrimp remoulade salad ($7.75) and promptly got winked at.”

Dubbed the “budget-friendly traveler,” Kugel made his additional stops in Mamou, Lecompte, Natchitoches and ended in Shreveport.

“Shreveport is known for its casinos, but if you ask me, it should be known for two other institutions: the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, with its its collection of art of the American West by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, and Cajun Daiquiris, a small chain that serves liquor through a drive-through window. For those who, like me, see fit to couple their visit to the museum with a visit to the stand, two pieces of advice: don’t miss the gallery’s 40 acres of gardens out back, they’re gorgeous; and don’t get the sangria swirl, it’s nauseatingly sweet.”

The article, though an interesting read, is somewhat lacking by comparison to the comments accompanying the article. Many locals posted some great “little-known” destinations.

Click here to view the full article. If you’re viewing this on a mobile device, go to the New York Times and search for “In Louisiana, Four Stops to Start a Road Trip.”


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