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Old 01-30-18, 07:44 PM
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Southern Tier spur

Maybe a dumb question but..... Iím currently doing the ST West to East, in central Texas now. The maps show a spur down into New Orleans, but not a route out continuing east. Does anybody have experience with the roads going east to rejoin the ST route? Bike friendly? Thanks for any input...
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The Strava Heat Map colors roads by popularity, based on a few years of uploaded strava GPS recordings.

This "hot" shading shows bright yellow/white as the most popular, dim red as the least popular. Of course, many more riders are near cities, so when you zoom way in, the colors are readjusted to show local popularity.

I use it to find popular roads, and it's a great help to avoid roads that are much less ridden than other nearby roads. It includes gravel and mountain bike rides, too, so unpaved roads or trails can also be popular.

Here's the New Orleans area. (The URL changes as you pan and zoom, so you can bookmark that view.)
Click the "Labels" button to see town names and road names.
Heat Map New Orleans
The Southern Tier route is quite visible, often it's more popular than nearby roads.

I don't know the area. It's interesting that there's only a few roads heading east from New Orleans, and the Chef Menteur Highway is ridden way more often than the alternatives. Farther east, the beach roads are very popular, of course, but an inland route might work better.

Then, between Biloxi and the Mobile area, there's only a few roads. One appears to be the Southern Tier route, one is rarely ridden, and the third road closest to the ocean is a divided highway -- so you'd want to research that road to see if it's reasonable.

You could ride mostly near the coast to connect with the ferry route on the Southern Tier, or head northeast from New Orleans to reconnect with the Southern Tier sooner.

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OP - I apologize I cannot help with the routing out of New Orleans, but I wanted to chime in and say do not miss out! I did the ST in 2012 and skipped NO for the exact reason that I felt I'd have to backtrack the way I came to get back on route. I have still never been to New Orleans and sorely regret not doing it on my ST tour. I'd urge you to figure out a way to make it happen even if you have to backtrack! Also, congrats on making it out of Western Texas. That was the toughest part of the route for me
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2015 I rode all states east of the Rockies including Panama City to New Orleans. When staying along the Gulf Coast the only BAD stretch(they use baseball sized chips for the chip ad seal is estern MS, east of Pascagula. That stretch was horrible. Two spots, one on each side of the interstate, with the eastern side being the longer of the two. I was sticking to federal highway, US90/98 if I remember the numbers correctly. The stretch heading east out of NO is rather intriguing if, like me, you're not used to seeing every single house up on stilts. You do have a long stretch through there where you don't have much of anything for services, like one 'gas' station and not much else for 30-45 miles...just stilt house after stilt house after stilt house. Hugging the Gulf Coast doesn't make for a nice ride, maybe not quite as nice right now since this is a bit more tourist/second homes season...I did it in July when I never saw RV/motor homes or motorcycles until I got way up north into MN/WI area. Actually it may have been almost back up to New England before I saw any motorcycles...such a peaceful summer without having to listen to their loud mufflers.
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Not sure about getting out of New Orleans, but I have a trip planned for the end of March from Pensacola to Jacksonville. Lots of great state campgrounds along the coast. Here is my itinerary.

Pensacola to Jacksonville
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