Bicycle through the heart of Cajun Country and partake of all the food, music, and culture that Acadiana has to offer. On this relaxed tour you can enjoy Jambalaya, crawfish pie, and gumbo, and you’ll find that the spicy cuisine of southern Louisiana is complemented by its mellow terrain as you make your way past fields of rice and sugarcane, skirt swamplands, and cross bayous.
The tour will take you through historic Acadian settlements where you can sample a wide range of culinary delights, historic sites, and local music. Our final overnight will be in Breaux Bridge, the “Crawfish Capital of the World,” where we’ll be poised to enjoy the last evening of the community’s annual Crawfish Festival. Don’t miss this chance pedal through the Deep South!
|Start Date:||Apr 27, 2014||End Date:||May 03, 2014|
|Start Location:||Lafayette, LA||End Location:||Lafayette, LA|
|Total Days:||7||Riding Days:||6|
|Average Daily Mileage:||35.2||Surface:||Paved|
|Riders:||100||Airport:||Lafayette Regional (LFT), Baton Rouge Met (BTR)|
|Tour Leader:||Greg Edwards||Caterer:||Two Trees Catering (Adam)|
|Meals:||Catered meals||Accommodations:||Camping, Motel Options|
|Level of Support:||Fully Supported||Cost:||$899.00|
Meet your touring companions near Lafayette at Bayou Wilderness RV Park for introductions, an orientation, and our first overnight. We’ll enjoy a hearty dinner and conduct our inaugural map meeting. Our on-tour mechanic can help you make sure your bicycle is ready for the Acadian roads and you’ll start getting to know your fellow participants. If time permits, you’ll want to check out the Vermilionville Acadian Culture Center and watch the short film on Acadiana. Then it’s time to crawl into the tent and get some shut-eye to dream of the cypress swamps and lazy bayous in your future.
Frenchman’s Wilderness (Butte Larose), 38 or 53 miles . After a hearty breakfast, we’ll depart Bayou Wilderness RV Park, pedal into rural suburbs and then past fields of sugarcane and rice before entering the town of St. Martinville. The third-oldest town in Louisiana, St. Martinville contains many marvelous examples of southern architecture, such as the historic St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church and La Manson Duchamp on Main Street. Departing St. Martinville, we’ll ride through increasingly rural country until gaining the levee road on the west edge of the Atchafalaya Basin. The campground in Butte Larose lies along the levee, offering a peaceful place to pitch a tent
Butte Larose to Bayou Wilderness RV Park (Carencro), 38 miles. Departing Frenchman’s Wilderness, we’ll make our way up the levee road past McGee’s Landing, then we’ll pedal to Lake Martin for a relaxing tour on the swamp where we’ll search for alligators, rare birds, and flowers. After the fascinating sight-seeing, it’s back to pedaling as we make our way to camp at Bayou Wilderness RV Park.
Bayou Wilderness RV Park (Carencro) to Chicot State Park, 44 or 63 miles. A ride up the scenic North Wilderness Trail Road that runs along the east side of the Fuselier will start the tour’s longest riding day. The route continues up the Bayou Teche, through the town of Arnaudville and to the bayou’s origin in Port Barre. At Port Barre the Teche draws water from Bayou Courtableau, then flows southward to meet the Lower Atchafalaya River at Berwick. During the time of the Acadian migration to what was then known as the Attakapas region, in the mid- to late 1700s, boating on the Teche was the primary means of transportation. From Port Barre, we’ll follow the Bayou Courtableau northwest and then ride along the southern edge of the Thistlethwaite State Wildlife Management Area before entering the town of Washington. Today we’ll also reach the highest elevation on our route — a jaw-dropping 81 feet above sea level! After a long day of pedaling, we will relax along the lake at Chicot State Park.
Chicot State Park to Lakeview Park (Eunice), 41 miles. We’ll begin the day with a visit to the Louisiana Arboretum, then continue on the peaceful roads of Chicot State Park as we make our way to Ville LaPlatte. Later, we’ll pedal through Mamou, located in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun country and the self-proclaimed "Cajun Music Capital of the World." Arguably, the most famous bar in all of Louisiana is Fred’s Lounge in Mamou, where KVPI radio out of Ville Platte has been broadcasting its Saturday morning live Cajun-music show for more than 50 years. Arriving at Lakeview RV Park, you can pitch your tent, enjoy the lake, and tap your feet to live music in the barn.
Lakeview Park (Eunice) to Breaux Bridge, 46 or 62 miles. We’ll pedal through heavily wooded lowlands and across the Bayou Mallet today, before winding through Acadian farmland eastward to Grand Coteau. You’ll cross the bayous Plaquemine, Wicoff, and Bourbeux, before following the Bayou Fuselier. More live music and delicious food are yours to enjoy tonight at the Crawfish Festival.
Bayou Wilderness RV Park (Carencro), 29 miles. Zydeco Breakfast, which starts at 7:30 a.m. at Café Des Amis, is not to be missed. After that treat, you may enjoy a bit more of the crawfish-inspired festivities before riding the final 29 miles back to Bayou Wilderness RV Park in Carencro. Along the way, you will enjoy the natural splendor of Cypress Island Preserve. You’ll also want to check out the Vermilionville Acadian Culture Center and watch the short film on Acadiana.. True, the tour may be over—but son of a gun, we had big fun on the bayou!
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2008 Tour Participant
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2008 TOUR PARTICIPANT
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2012 Tour Participant
"I'm already dreaming of my next tour. Not sure where or when it will be, but I am sure there will be one sooner rather than later!!"
2009 Tour Participant