Nothing like a good nights rest and a shower in a clean bathroom to get your day off to a good start. Erwin and I set out early on foot to see some sights.
We walked down Esplanade Street toward the French Quarter, and Tom C met up with us. It was fun seeing and reading about many historic buildings and places.
After a little shopping spree in the French Market, some Halloween shopping on Dumaine Street, a little more sight seeing, and lunch in a busy little diner, we stopped to watch a few performers play in some of the clubs and on the street. There are so many talented musicians trying to catch a break in that town.
Eric and I met up with Erwin at a club where another of his favorites, John Boutte, was performing The venue was really cool and John Boutte was a great singer, but his 4-piece band was a little disappointing. They looked like they were dead when they weren’t playing their parts. No, in a coma. I am not exaggerating. It was hard to watch.
Then, John Boutte started looking for other singers to perform in his place, recruiting a jazz singer from the U.K. who was in the audience and a trumpet player who sings like Louis Armstrong. He sat down and played the tambourine with the UK guy and changed his clothes during the trumpet player. Seemed a little strange to me. Somehow, I hung in there for the entire concert.
We stopped to buy a thank you gift for Chris and Laura on our way back to their house, then turned in for the night.
Tomorrow, we are hitting the road at 5 AM to get back to the hotel in St Francisville in time to get on the road for a 91 mile day. I’m dreading the early wake up and 91 miler.