In the last issue, we went nearly all in on dirt. This week, we’re going to get back on pavement with this choice of routes in Louisiana thanks to Best Biking Roads.

Given the relatively small size of this state, the routes aren’t the long and multi-day kind you might find in California or even in nearby Texas. But there are 55 listed on the site offering a mix of Louisiana geography, history and southern charm. And a few of those routes actually have some twisties in them. Yeah, twisties in Louisiana.

While most visitors might immediately gravitate toward New Orleans, there’s also Baton Rouge, and Natchitoches – the oldest permanent settlement in what was once the Louisiana Purchase.

Could be worth checking out…before or after you get your beads at Mardi Gras.