Finally, as I neared Baton Rouge on the business route, the traffic abated somewhat and the road conditions improved. I stopped by the old state capitol building to meet Cathy as I needed to find a bike shop for some supplies.
After replenishing my supplies and enjoying a latte and a muffin at a local coffee shop, Cathy returned me to the MRT route where I was able to ride the levee trail for a few miles. I actually got a brief glimpse of the river from the trail.
Their levee trail is even lighted for about 4 miles.
A couple of miles down the road I saw a small pond with a large number of white cranes. I swear they are camera shy. As I was getting out my phone to take the picture, most of them took off.
That was pretty much it for any scenery. I followed the levee for over 30 miles. At least the road was pretty good and the busy traffic going my way counteracted the mild headwind and I made good time to the day's end of the route.