You got up early again in St. Martinville and, after waving goodbye to the racers, you took a few minutes for coffee and a cajun breakfast. Then it was off to New Iberia, for the first full day of sightseeing. No rush because this was a 60 mile day and only the fastest would get to Franklin before dark. This was the day you were glad to be in a car instead of a boat. Besides, St. Martinville was hosting the Acadian Festival and, after you put your racer to bed last night, you went out on the town to enjoy more of the party. Between the Cajun accents and the French you heard from the Canadians, you were wishing you’d paid a little more attention in French class way back in high school.
The first stop was actually Avery Island. You had to decide if you wanted to tour the factory, and see where Tabasco is made, visit their 250 acre jungle gardens,
or both. It was a good thing you had lots of time. Back to New Iberia proper to check in on the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff – some good food and great music,
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visit their main street, see Shadows on the Teche (nothing like a plantation) and Rip Van Winkle Gardens.
for a tour of the gardens and a late lunch.
Then it was on the road again to swing by Albania Plantation in Jeanerette before moving on down the road to Franklin for a stroll through the historic district, and visits to the Grevemburg House Museum and Oaklawn Manor.
It was a long day but it wasn’t over. Down to the finish line to welcome the racers, watch the action, and enjoy the party. Then it was off to your room at the Fairfax House for another night’s great sleep.