The resort was constructed in 2005 and a couple of days before the scheduled grand opening, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, destroying the casino and damaging the resort. The lobby of the casino has a huge colorful display full of memorabilia including Elvis Presley's Army uniform found on a mannequin floating in the Mississippi Sound after Katrina and returned by a local resident.
I guess they cater to newlyweds, as soon as I walk through the front door I come upon this display.
I then moved next door to the Beau Rivage, the tallest building in the entire state of Mississippi, hard to believe since it's really not very tall, only 28 floors. Beau Rivage was seriously damaged by the 30 ft (9.1 m) storm surge caused by Hurricane Katrina and had to be rebuilt. I found the atrium beautiful, very colorful and with lots of flowers covered by a beautiful glass canopy.
One thing that surprised me was seeing people smoking inside the lobby and later inside the casino. After asking an employee I was told smoking is allowed inside the casinos including restaurants in Mississippi. After walking around through the casino I headed out and back towards where my bike was parked passing beautiful homes including the one below.
Mississippi has sixty-two miles of scenic shoreline and as I continued west along U.S. Highway 90, also known as Beach Boulevard, I passed Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis as I moved closer to Louisiana. Stopped a few times to enjoy the warm weather and see the beautiful shoreline with the large swaths of white soft sand. I was surprised by the "Comfort Stations" located along the beach offering showers & drink machines as well as serving as bus stops for Coast Area Transit Authority buses. One is pictured below.
Passed a few amazing homes along the way and the one pictured below was one of the largest mansions I saw. Breathtaking in style with a beautiful view of the gulf.
The beautiful Beach Boulevard is covered by lots of Southern live oaks providing shade from the sun as you drive along the coast.
From Biloxi to the Louisiana border is about 50 miles and after crossing a few bridges I arrive at the Louisiana visitor center. When I started this trip I had five states in the south missing from my list of ridden states, Louisiana is now the third state I have entered. In another 45 miles I will be in New Orleans.
The I-10 Twin Span Bridge at nearly 6 miles long and known locally as the Twin Spans is an impressive feat of engineering. These parallel bridges cross the eastern end of Lake Pontchartrain in southern Louisiana. Notice I only takes photos while riding when there aren't any vehicles around me.
I arrive in New Orleans late afternoon and head straight for the French Quarter where I will be spending the next two nights. First need to find a hotel but that was an adventure in itself and is best left for the next post.