| Traveling I-10, get off at Lafayette. The stretch of I-10 between Lafayette and Baton Rouge offers only a few scenes of the Basin worth seeing with no reason to continue unless you are going to explore east of Lafayette and west of the Atchafalaya River, featuring the larger towns of Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville and the Basin towns of Henderson and Coteau Holmes, the home of Lake Fausse State Park. After enjoying that area, retrace to Lafayette and take La.182 south and get ready to soak it in. If you are worried about missing the swamps, they can be seen around Morgan City, where there are swamp tours, also. An article on the road east of Lafayette can be found here.
La.182 is what was US 90, a highway which I believe features more Americana than the famed Route 66. It is also a lot easier to follow. For "Easy Rider" fans, the 1968 movie, it is their route into and out of New Orleans. So put on the sound track and cruise along.
The highways which connect the towns in my Sugarcane Alley are Louisiana 87, Louisiana 182 and the forementioned US 90. First of all, just forget about the present US 90. Use it only to cross the big waterways, then get back on 182.
To try to organize this little tour, I want to start at Olivier. Named for the Olivier Plantation. It is a typical rural community. This is plantation country and sugar has been "king" here for a very long time. Olivier is on La 87, the road following the north shore of Bayou Teche. The major towns were on the south shore. 87 bypasses them and it's principal purpose was to connect the fields and refineries. My guess.
Sugarcane Alley's high ground follows the natural levee of the Bayou Teche, a former route of the Mississippi and Red Rivers. It empties into the Atchafalaya at Morgan City. Beyond is swamp.
This article is not going to be about the Sugarcane Industry. I have a page that is set aside for that. Those pictures are the visual affects of that industry. Something the inhabitants of this area have to look at and deal with, in differing portions, most of the year. Here I will be trying to feature the beauty, both natural and man-made which defines Sugarcane Alley.