But because all crossings over the levee are now coarse, chunky loose gravel (except for the crossings at the Bonnabel Ave. and Williams Blvd. which are still asphalt) bikers with bikes equipped with skinny tires might want to walk over these stretches. This is no small sacrifice especially if walking wearing bike shoes with Look-style cleats protruding from the soles.
Other than the gravel crossing aggravation, the ten mile path is still a nice ride. The berm between the lake and the levee--a flat, treeless, grassy plain through which the trail runs--looks to be less than 100 yards wide. (At the Kenner end, the path takes a sharp left turn running along a high concrete levee wall at the back of a subdivision for two miles. This is normally open to recreational use but the day I rode the path to the end in Kenner a gate closed off this section.)
There are subdivisions almost the entire way from Bucktown (just across the parish line from New Orleans) to Kenner but they are screened from view by the levee, with only the leafy tops of tall trees and the roofs of the taller houses showing to path users. To be savored during the ride is the lack of traffic noise, or any noise except for the rush of wind in your ears and the hum of your tires as you spin along feeling surprisingly apart from one of the most congested cluster of people in the state just a few yards away.