Heart of Louisiana: New Roads Breakfast Club

Some days, there is just no reason to hurry the sunrise. On False River in the town of New Roads, there's a group of guys who rarely rush through any morning. You'll find them at the Dairy Queen on Highway One.

"You have to start your day doing something don't you. But it's probably a total loss to come up here for an hour and a half and fool around with these old guys but what else do you do." says New Roads resident Bud Ragland.

"Everyday is a new story, a new adventure."

It's an informal club of sorts with an even less formal name.

"The old farts club," says George Miller.

George Miller is a hurricane Katrina transplant from St. Bernard Parish. He's joined by another former New Orleanian, writer and broadcaster Tonnie Virgets.

"I had hoped to get into for the late innings to get into throwing a change up, a little offspeed pitch, and this is definitely off speed," Virgets says.

New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish is one of those small towns where people still wave at passing cars. There's also quite a bit of history including Native Son John Lejeune, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps. His statue is in front of the courthouse.

Pointe Coupee Parish was settled in the early 1700s, only a few years after New Orleans was founded. It has the oldest Louisiana Mardi Gras outside of New Orleans. Among those born here include former Louisiana Congresswoman Lindy Boggs and former New Orleans Mayor Chep Morrison.

"At one time False River was part of the Mississippi River. Back in the 1700's, you know the river changed it's course," New Roads resident Stafford Chenevert.

"We got a little bit of everything. We got the Cajun music, we got the Zydeco music, it's Creole, gumbo," says New Roads Alderman Kirk White.

But most of all, they have friendships that they celebrate over a breakfast and a cup of coffee every morning. They're old friends who've realized that there is a lot to enjoy when you slow down.

In downtown New Roads, you'll find a public boat launch on False River which is a popular spot for fishing and boating. For more information, go to http://www.pctourism.org/