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25 May 2012, 10:00 PM CT, Marianna, FL

I did some hard riding today, 498 miles. I have ridden 7,847 miles since leaving home. I crossed the Henderson Swamp, and thought it was beautiful, mostly water like glass, but widely scattered trees in the swamp. I really wanted a picture, but there was nothing I could do, I couldn't stop. Let me just say it was beautiful and I wish I could have a picture for you and for the future. But it was not to be.

A few miles down the road, I-10, I entered the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Aha, that is a capital city. I must stop and take a picture of the capital, even if I have done it on a previous travelogue, which I have.

See the red paint in front of my motorcycle, it says "No Parking". See the red paint behind my motorcycle, it says "No Parking". But, not to worry, there was nothing saying "No Parking" beside my motorcycle.

Just a block or two from the capital is the mighty Mississippi River. The bridge you see is where I crossed the Mississippi just minutes earlier.

Still further down the road, I started feeling the need for a coffee break. So I did a little side trip to Cafe du Mond in New Orleans.

Inside you can see many satisfied customers enjoying whatever it is they are enjoying.

And here's one very satisfied customer enjoying his coffee and beignets.

I took a little more time to walk through St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. It was right next to my exit on I-10.

I like to be able to see my motorcycle from my hotel room. That way, if it gets lonely during the night, I can hear it calling to me and I can wave to it from the window. That always seems to calm it down.

Come back and see me tomorrow, I expect it to be the last day of this journey.

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