Dust to Dust
FRIDAY, APRIL 21st
New Iberia to BREAUX BRIDGE
MAIN ROUTE = 42 MILES** LONG ROUTE = 64 MILES
**Bypass Loreauville, and the route is 28 miles
Loreauville - St. Martinville - Catahoula - Parks - Breaux Bridge
6:00a - 9:00a: shuttle services start between Lafayette and New Iberia CZ host hotels and New Iberia City Park.
Luggage trucks staged at New Iberia City Park & Holiday Inn New Iberia. If you are staying in a Lafayette hotel, then pack a day bag with a change of shoes and clothes, carry them with you on the shuttle to New Iberia City Park and put them on the luggage truck. If you are staying at the New Iberia Holiday Inn, be sure to put your luggage on the trailer at this hotel; do not carry your bags on the shuttle.
Breakfast Options: Breakfast on your own. Please dine at your hotel or at one of the CZ Zydeco Bucks participating restaurants. For campers and those without hotel breakfast: Breakfast will be available 6:30a - 9:00a at the New Iberia City Park Recreation Center – Menu: Eggs; Bacon; Sausage; Grits; Biscuits; Yogurt; Fresh Fruit; juice and water. Additional option is Victor's Cafeteria, 109 W Main Street, Downtown New Iberia – “Where Dave eats and the Breakfast Club meets” - an eatery serving down-home Cajun fare in a funky, low-key atmosphere - opens at 6:00a. Also, Louisiana's own CC's Coffee House will have their coffee truck onsite at New Iberia City Park. Some other options are available along the bike route; e.g. around mile 9 after leaving the New Iberia City Park, you will encounter the Teche Café in Loreauville - opens at 5:30a.
Daybreak thru 9:30a: Allons Rouler! Please be on the road by 9:30 using all of your safety precautions.
loreauville (both routes)
After leaving New Iberia, the first town we will visit is Loreauville, which is world renowned for its boat building businesses. Ferries & crew boats working around the world were built in this little town sitting on the Bayou Teche. Loreauville is also home to All Saints Cemetery, the final resting place of Opelousas, LA native, Clifton Chenier - "The King of Zydeco". Clifton received a Grammy in 1983 for his Zydeco performances and recordings; and in 2014, he was a post-humous recipient of a Grammy-issued Lifetime Achievement Award.
LUNCHTIME - ST. MARTINVILLE (BOTH ROUTES)
St. Martinville is known to be the first permanent settlement in the entire Teche region of Louisiana. It is home to the famous "Evangeline Oak", St. Martinville’s connection with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, Evangeline, written in 1847. Visit Evangeline Oak Park and the Acadian Memorial housing the lovely 12' X 30 ' mural painted by well-known Lafayette artist, Robert Dafford, in honor of the "Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana". We will have live music performed by Rue Boogaloo while you dance under the famous Evangeline Oak on the beautiful Bayou Teche.
- Lunch is on your own. There are a few options for lunch around St. Martinville.
- There will be catered lunch options for purchase near the Evangeline Oak from 11:00a - 1:00p, by:
Anna Durand Catering, serving Red Beans and Rice, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo and sweets
Brown Skillet, serving Crawfish Etouffee and Hot Links
Durand's Cafe, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya; stuffed bread
- St. John Restaurant, on the banks of the Bayou Teche, is another option - we do recommend making reservations.
The MAIN & LONG routes will separate when leaving St. Martinville. The MAIN route will head North on LA Hwy 347 passing in front of the Levert-St. John Plantation Home and Sugar Mill. The LONG route will take you past Oak and Pine Alley, then out to Catahoula where you will find a SAG at Red's Levee Bar. Red's was a shooting location for Robert Duval's movie, The Apostle. The LONG route will then return and merge back with the MAIN route at the St. John-Levert Sugar Mill.
SAG STOPS on MAIN & LONG Routes:
- 7:30a - 11:00a - Clifton Chenier Club, Loreauville
- 10:00a - 2:00p - St. Martinville office of tourism, next to the Evangeline Oak Tree
- 12:00p - 4:00p - Hwy 347 @ Doyle Melancon, North of Parks.
Additional SAG STOP on LONG Route:
- 12:00p - 4:00p - Red's Levee Bar in Catahoula
BREAUX BRIDGE - DAY 2 FINAL DESTINATION POINT
ST. BERNARD SCHOOL /PARC PONT BREAUX
Breaux Bridge ("Pont Breaux" in French) is known as The Crawfish Capital of the World, hosting the world famous annual Crawfish Festival, to be held May 5-7, 2017. Breaux Bridge is a quaint little town nestled on the banks of the Bayou Teche, drawing tourists from near and far to get a taste of delicious Cajun fare, hear the festive sounds of Cajun music, paddle down the Teche, and just simply feel that Cajun culture and "joie de vivre".
3:00 - 5:00p: Complimentary therapy and massages from Matt Smith with Clark Chiropractic. Available next to Matt will be Minute Med with IV Fluid Re-hydration.
3:00p – 6:00p: Cash Bar (beer, wine and liquor) and Cracklin’ demonstrations and sampling, merchandise, general information. Music provided by Adeline Miller and Friends. Be sure to bring your redeemable drink tickets included in your registration packet!
3:00p – 10:30p: Shuttle services running between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge CZ host hotels and downtown Breaux Bridge (St. Bernard School/Parc Pont Breaux) and other locations. Shuttles end at 10:30 p.m.
6:00p: Dinner on your own in Breaux Bridge. CZ Zydeco Bucks participating restaurants: The Real Cajun Deal (Cajun Works), Buck and Johnny’s, Joie de Vivre, Chez Jacqueline, (accessible by shuttle).
Evening Entertainment: Enjoy live music being performed in various spots in downtown Breaux Bridge. Hear the sounds of The Has Beans (Swamp Pop) at Joie de Vivre Cafe, Doyle Tauzin (Classic Country) at Buck and Johnny's, or Donna Angelle (Zydeco) at Chez Jacqueline.
WEEKEND WARRIOR CHECK-IN
Check-in for Weekend Warriors will be at the Ramada Lafayette Conference Center. For route options, lodging and parking info please see the FAQ page "What is Weekend Warrior" for detailed info on the Weekend Warrior option