Corona’s Cruise Across America: Louisiana

The state of Louisana was a state that I drove straight across and only stopped once. It was for fuel in a town called Monroe.

After crossing the Mississippi River, I expected a nice “Welcome to Louisiana” sign. However, the first billboard that drivers are greeted by, is one for an “adult” store. This is followed by billboards for discount liquor stores, bars with poker games  and a “gentleman’s club”.

Finally, the last billboard was the “Welcome to Louisiana” sign. By this time, some drivers may  have already turned around to go back into family-friendly Mississippi.

I saw the city skyline of Shreveport at night, while I was driving past. It is a huge, well-lit gambling mecca with tall casino/hotels everywhere. It looked like Las Vegas. Keep in mind of course, that I saw it at night.

The gas price in Monroe was the lowest on the entire trip.

I paid $2.09 and $2.08 a gallon for gas in Florida, $2.10 in Daphne, Alabama and now here was this tremendously cheap price in Louisiana…  I’ve become so accustomed to California prices that $1.86 per gallon made me feel like I was stealing this gas.

Thanks Louisiana!

Monroe, Louisiana Gas Price

Corona’s Cruise Across America: Mississippi River

Vicksburg, Mississippi is a small town on the western edge of the state. It also just happens to be located on the Mississippi River.

There are several casino ferry boats permanently docked here. They are all located within a few miles of each other. Hotel buildings on dry land are located almost immediately next to each boat.  Although I had no time to go onto a boat, I did find a great hill to see the river from and share some video-taped thoughts with you.

Corona’s Cruise Across America: The Capitol of Mississippi

Here I am on the steps of the Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi telling true stories.

The state senate floor located on the third and fourth floor of the Mississippi Capitol building.

The state senate floor located on the third and fourth floor of the Mississippi Capitol building.

The people here at the Capitol are so friendly that when I opened the door to peek inside, the security guard smiled and asked if I was visiting and allowed me to come in.

I explored all four floors and every person I saw had a warm, friendly greeting and made me feel as though I was a part of the family. There was no government “coldness” or rudeness from anyone. The building itself is steeped in history, marble and granite. Pictures don’t do justice to what you actually see, hear and experience. It was worth my time stopping here and I almost hated leaving such a place of both history and welcomeness.

Corona’s Cruise Across America: Alabama

A "sweet home.." welcome sign greets everyone entering the state.

A sweet home Alabama. sign welcomes everyone entering into the state. 

This large fireworks store is located in Daphne, Alabama. The sign above the entrance reads, "No Smoking".

This large fireworks store is located in Daphne, Alabama. The sign above the entrance reads, “No Smoking”.

The Mobile, AL skyline as seen heading west on Interstate 10.

The Mobile, AL skyline as seen heading west on Interstate 10.