Having packed all our crap, we left for Natchitoche at about quarter to six this morning. Traffic was slow going most of the way. I-10 was a proverbial parking lot in some places. We stopped a couple times along the way. During our first stop at a gas station, I ran into Christy, a friend from high school. We stopped later in Baton Rouge for lunch. We arrived in Natchitoche in the evening after 13 hours on the road, a trip that usually takes about five. After settling in to the hotel, we went to dinner after picking up Jeff, who goes to school there. After dinner we went back to the hotel room and eventually went to bed.