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Lots to Like in Mississippi

The blues don't last long in Mississippi. Just 30 miles down the road you will find a lot to make you sing and dance without any music.

When you eventually find a place to eat, it's bound to be a place to remember.
Like Polly's.
Polly's on Main

Polly's on Main

Polly

Polly


Fresh and from Scratch

Fresh and from Scratch


Polly makes everything from scratch for the same people who come in day after day. I learned how to make really good fried okra. Everyone talks to you. She will want you to write your name on the wall.
At Monsours in Vicksburg, the waitress might entertain the room with her ghost stories.
Telling a Good Ghost Story

Telling a Good Ghost Story


Natchez Coffee Company

Natchez Coffee Company


When it gets too cold at the campground, you will just happen to stumble on to The Corners Mansion Inn, where you will have the best breakfast, meet the nicest people, and have a luxurious room.
Macy Owner of Corners B&B

Macy Owner of Corners B&B

Best Breakfast Table in Vicksburg

Best Breakfast Table in Vicksburg

Tour Talk

Tour Talk

You will realize that no matter how ugly you iniially think a town is, each one has its Mississippi Pride and will pull out all props to promote its history - including piping blues music in the playground and on the main street and painting murals along the levee in Vicksburg.
Along the V'Burg Walkway

Along the V'Burg Walkway


Murals on the Vicksburg Levee

Murals on the Vicksburg Levee


In Natchez your tour guide will claim to be the father of a Bronco player (whose name you can't find on the roster), the former road manager for Molly Hatchett, to have renovated half the houses on the tour, and to be about 20 years younger than you are. Just repeating what he said.......
Carriage Driver

Carriage Driver


Columns and Cupola

Columns and Cupola


When you haven't said a word to anyone for at least three hours, you will run into someone like a couple from Laramie, Wyoming who are busking across the states playing bagpipes and a trumpet. (But have never heard of Couch Surfing and AirBnb and instead sleep in Walmart parking lots in the back of their Outback!)
Buskers from Laramie

Buskers from Laramie


And then on a walk or an easy bike ride, you will make friends with a friendly cat.
Kitty on Porch

Kitty on Porch


At many points along the western Mississippi north/south highways, you will again see the Mississippi River and remember standing on the headwaters back in August in Minnesota.
On the Mighty Mississippi Again

On the Mighty Mississippi Again


And then you will stumble on a group of Civil War reenactors. Despite the fact they are shouting "kill those dang Yankees!" and telling racist commentary, you enjoy the whole event.
Final Salute

Final Salute

Friends and Family

Friends and Family


Explaining

Explaining


You might even discover you have had a very long and pleasant conversation with a family from the same small town where you had the AirBnB fiasco. The boys surely go to the same school and play on the same football team and you are certain in a small town they will soon know of the "rude Yankee they hosted," you don't mention you have been in their town recently.
13 Year Old Raymond

13 Year Old Raymond


And you listen to an "old codger" provide long and exacting information on artillery, safety, and his contribution to Civil War reenacting in Mississippi only to discover he is not quite four years older than you. It will make you wonder if you, too, will age that much in four years. If so, better get to seeing further and doing more before it is too late.
Safety Officer of the Reenactment

Safety Officer of the Reenactment


Check the photo gallery for more reenactment and Mississippi pictures to find scenes that will make you happy or blue.

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I Got D'em Blues

Those 61 Highway Blues

It's called the 61 Highway Blues.
And, I have been on and off that highway for about three days.
61 Highway

61 Highway


Remember the old saying:
A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.
Well, this is one old bird who could use a Harley about now.

I would like to find some old backroad blues spots. I want to head to town on an odd night and sit in a smoky club and hear the music whine while the musicians sweat.
However, a music venue is the one place I won't go alone since I got old. Occasionally, I have one cocktail in a bar on an afternoon. Might even slide into a hotel bar at midnight. But, I just can't force myself to go in alone, sit down, and listen to the music, and try to strike up a conversation - Sit there and know that everyone is whispering "What's that old dame doing in here thinking she is going to pick up someone."

My attempts to meet up with anyone and get them to go find some blues joints have been to no avail - probably because I have avoided it more than practiced it.
So, if anyone is out there who knows anyone who is in northwestern Mississippi - tell them to get in touch with me. I'll buy the first round.

There are a couple other reasons why I've got the blues.
I was registered at an AirBnB home a couple of nights ago. No one was home, so I was using my computer at the kitchen table. The teenage son of the household came home and, for some unknown reason, was very upset to see me there. There was a lot of door slamming, foot stomping, and snarly responses at my attempts to make conversation. Then I realized the bathroom I thought was private was to be shared with this guy. After listening to him yell on the phone about me and how bad his life was, I became rather unpleasant myself. When the adults came home after 10 PM, I told them I couldn't stay there the second night and I wanted a refund because the son treated me so rudely .
Her response "I asked you to go to Girl's Night Out at the Mistletoe Mart (a Christmas Craft Fair)" and, of course, now sweet boy was saying "I don't know what she is talking about."
I left the next morning without getting a refund and wish I could write a song about it.

Another reason for the blues - there is a lot around here that is not very pretty. I have put on many a mile just looking for a grocery store or restaurant. When I try to locate one on my phone map - the closest one is usually 28 miles.
Mississippi Scenery

Mississippi Scenery


The temperatures are dropping to the 30s every night and so I am being pouty and not wanting to stay in the campground when it is dark by 5 PM and I can't seem to make a friend to invite me into their RV for a game of Scrabble.
View from Here

View from Here


So, why you might ask, am I sticking around here.
I have made plans to be in Central and NW Arkansas starting November 18. I am just filling my time until then.

I got d'em blues. Those ol' '95 Chevy on 61 Highway blues.

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The Mockingbird in Monroeville

Not Al Places are Charming

My ATC host in Montgomery asked me, "Were you expecting every place to be charming on this journey?"
I replied that you can't have lived in some of the places I have (to be unmentioned here) and expect the world to be charming.

However for some reason, I did expect Monroeville, Alabama to be charming. Guess what? It really isn't.
Perhaps, if I had read more of articles like this link, I would have known that Monroeville of the 1930s had sprawled into late 20th century ugly.
I can't imagine the quintessential American novel being set in the Monroeville of today.
I did know Lee shunned publicity (not as much as Salinger) and had heard of the lawsuit against the museum and other uses of her name and the title. Still, I thought the town might have retained some charm since it has close to 50,000 tourists a year to see the place described in To Kill a Mockingbird and something more than a historical marker to commemorate Truman Capote. The entrepreneurial ability - and maybe even a bit of creativity - seems to be missing here.
Faulk Homesite

Faulk Homesite


Can You Picture It

Can You Picture It


I tried to imagine Nelle and Truman sitting on this wall as chilcren.
Wall between the Homes

Wall between the Homes


It was much easier to have a good chat about motorcycle and van road trips with the good ol' boys who were also having lunch at Mel's Dairy Dream that sits on the site of Lee's childhood home.
Harper Lee's Homesite

Harper Lee's Homesite


This is where she lives now.
Assisted Living Center Where Harper Lee Lives

Assisted Living Center Where Harper Lee Lives


The old court house has been maintained as a very nice museum and gift shop.
Monroeville Courtroom from the Balcony

Monroeville Courtroom from the Balcony

Historic Monroeville Court House

Historic Monroeville Court House

Ah Ain't They Cute

Ah Ain't They Cute

Monroeville Town Square

Monroeville Town Square


The controversy about Mills' biography and some of discussion particuary because Mills is a YANKEE seems to continue over The Mockingbird Next Door.
The lawyer who is a partner in the firm of the descendants of AC Lee's partners has filed a suit against the museum and others about using the book and Harper Lee's name to their monetary advantage wthout compensation. Interestingly enough, this same lawyer owned a restaurant called "The To Kill a Mockingbird Diner." I heard it burnt down - perhaps they got insurance?
But, golly gee Ma'am, everyone here is so doggone nice: the staff at the typical interstate hotel, the ladies who run the Courthouse Heritage Museum, the owner of Mel's, everyone I chatted up at the drive in, and the cashier at the cafe/bakery where I ordered the daily plate .
Meat and Two Sides 7.95

Meat and Two Sides 7.95


Of course, I made a trip to the cemetery to locate where Capote's cousins were buried and where Harper will lie. I couldn't find the memorials of Capote's mother nor the man on whom the Boo character was based.
Capote Cousins

Capote Cousins

Lee Family Plot

Lee Family Plot


So, there are all the sights. Perhaps I have spared you a trip.

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Montgomery

You Need a Good Promoter

Montgomery is all about who you know and how they promote you. The Hank Williams grave site is testimony to that!
Only in America

Only in America


And even though those who are somebody in Montgomery might not approve of this shrine or the man and his music, it seems like the promotion attitude pervades regardless of where you fit in the grand caste system. Perhaps it is more noticeable in the south because the communities are smaller and name dropping relationship references are so frequent .
Hank Williams Museum

Hank Williams Museum


The Hank Williams Museum is a real hoot. I purchased a hat with an emblem "All who wander are not lost." Who knows why it was in this museum- it was the only item in the gift shop that did not have Hank Williams written on it. I decided it was meant for me.
The museum is on Commerce Street, once the biggest slave market in the nation. Just up the street on the circle is the bus stop where Rosa Parks took her stand.
THE Montgomery Bus Stop

THE Montgomery Bus Stop

Fountain at Commerce Intersection

Fountain at Commerce Intersection


I came specifically for the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald museum. I won't bother to post on Trip Advisor, but I think you can skip this place unless you are a researcher or fanatic. However, they might be expanding in a year or so and might make some improvements. The best thing about it was the sound track that played while you browsed. Unfortunately, it was often drowned out by terrible acoustics and one other visitor who wanted to chat up the curator on every topic except the Fitzgeralds in this very small, rather cramped, echoing museum. Just read Zelda's biography instead.
Fitzgerald Museum

Fitzgerald Museum


I was hosted by ATC members who have three wonderful cats and a very fine historical home within walking distance of the Fitzgerald museum.
Bart and Fred but no Bill

Bart and Fred but no Bill


They hosted a very fine dinner for me - served on dinnerware made by Janice on her potter's wheel. Warren is a photographer, so my attempt at a spontaneous photo had to be re-shot outdoors with better lighting!
Natural But Bad Lighting

Natural But Bad Lighting


He knew what he was talking about!
Montgomery Hosts on Their Lovely Front Porch

Montgomery Hosts on Their Lovely Front Porch

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Mounds Mummies and Marches

Between Tuscaloosa and Montgomery

Time to leave my pleasant spot on Silver Lake. At first, I was hesitant and just wanted to sit on the patio and read.
But as soon as the ol' Chevy felt the highway under its (I have not thiought about whether it is a he or a she) tires, we both knew we were ready to see something new.
The first new place we stopped at is actually quite old.
Mounds archaeological site just south of Tuscaloosa is a Mississippian culture. Another fact I "discover" just because I am driving down the road: the largest archeologcal site in North America is just south of Tuscaloosa - or is it the oldest - oh well, it is very interesting.
The video in the visitors' center and the museum are well worth the stop.
Pond Created by Hand Digging

Pond Created by Hand Digging


Pond and Mounds

Pond and Mounds


The mounds were created one basketful of dirt at a time and probably by forced labor. Ponds were created as the earth was excavated to create the mounds.
The museum contains many whole artifacts that are quite beautiful. As the director in the visitor center said "Look for the green duck bowl and get ready for your socks to be knocked off - Oh, you are not wearing socks!"
I don't think I was the first person he said that to..
But he was correct, it was splendid. I didn't take a picture, you will have to go and see it for yourself.
Mounds Museum

Mounds Museum


I stopped in Demopolis, which was originally settled by French expatriates who had even marched with Napoleon. You can visit Bluff Hall, which supposedly is one of the homes of the families that Lillian Hellman based The Little Foxes.
Private Home in Demopolis

Private Home in Demopolis

Another Second Place Trophy

Another Second Place Trophy

Gracious and Congenial Guide

Gracious and Congenial Guide


It was Halloween. I was there just in time for the afternoon Monster Mash when everyone could march around the town square and receive goodies from the local businesses. I wish I had known about it. I would have bought some bags of lollipops at Walmart before I came downtown. Typical of most downtowns, there was no place to buy any treats to distribute.
Let the Monster March Begin

Let the Monster March Begin

Mormons or Monsters

Mormons or Monsters

Monsters Marching at Sunset

Monsters Marching at Sunset


Highway 80 is most known for the Selma to Montgomery Voter Rights marches. The first time I drove it, it was at night and raining. The next time, it was on Sunday when the Lowndes County Interpretive Center is closed. It is still inspirational to drive this route, cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge and think of those everyday folks who had the courage and leadership to walk this highway to stand up for their rights - especially when the time of my journey was mere days before election day.
Edmund Pettus Bridge

Edmund Pettus Bridge


I wanted to stay at the historical St James Hotel for only $41 a night, but it was full because International Paper was having a maintenance shut-down.
St James Hotel

St James Hotel


I moved south on down the road to the Roland Cooper State Park where I was the only camper. Perhaps that is because the temperature dropped to 32 degrees.
Only One in the Campground

Only One in the Campground


But the half moon lighted my van all night, migrating geese stopped on the reservoir, deer sneaked through, turkeys ran, and big bass jumped. I even had enough kindling to get a nice fire started to warm me in the morning.
32 Degrees in the Campground

32 Degrees in the Campground

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Tuscaloosa Trippin'

Day Tripping, That Is

You can skip the Tuscaloosa Westervelt art museum, although the grounds are beautiful. The artwork is very minimal.
Westervelt Corporate Office and Art Collection

Westervelt Corporate Office and Art Collection


If you do go, go on a weekday when apparently there is a docent who will show you you around the building and grounds a bit more. I certainly didn't see that bit of info on the web site I checked before I went - I would not have gone on Sunday afternoon. Some of my favorites were bronzes - most unlabeled.
Domesticating a Brave

Domesticating a Brave

Most Images of GW than Any Collection

Most Images of GW than Any Collection


The history of the museum is more interesting than the collection. Jack Warner collected the works for the company that, I believe, was started by his father who "invented" the flat-bottomed paper bag. When he turned the company over to his son, the son determined to sell the majority of the collection both for profit and tax write-offs. The linked article tells that one painting sold for more than one new Westervelt plant cost to build.
You can eat a fine Sunday brunch at the Cypress Inn which sits on the bank of the Black Warrior river. The squash dish and the garlic grits made me understand why some folks LOVE Southern cooking.
Cyprus Inn on the Black Warrior

Cyprus Inn on the Black Warrior


I asked my waiter where he was from - sure enough, California- I could tell the "accent." He had learned to say "Yes, Ma'am" with a Bama molasses drawl very nicely, however. I realized he had come to Alabama for religious purposes when he asked me. "Are you reading verses?" it took a few synonyms to understand he meant the bible. I replied, "No, just a novel," not wanting to sully his good impression of me by explaining it was a horror, murder thriller.
Pointing North

Pointing North


Go to the Northport Farmers' Market on Tuesday or Saturday morning. Tuesday in late October has a limited selection, but it is fresh from the hoof and the soil.
Northport Farmers Market on a Tuesday

Northport Farmers Market on a Tuesday


While you are there, stroll historic 5th Ave.
Oh No Not Yet

Oh No Not Yet


Especially, check out the enchanted garden and "productsphere" of local arts. Might not buy anything, but you will enjoy it.
Folk Art from the Welding Studio

Folk Art from the Welding Studio


If you stay at Gloria's VRBO lake property as I did, she might go with you to the original Dreamland BBQ. Although the daughter has opened up tonier spots since Daddy died, I don't think they will have the authentic charm of the first one. Bama BBQ is a little spicy with a vinegar base (I think.)
Dreamland Dinner for Two

Dreamland Dinner for Two


And the folks sure are nice and friendly here.
Dreamland Rib Grill

Dreamland Rib Grill


If the weather is nice, you can walk or ride your bike to some of the town's most historic spots:
Battle-Freidman House
Greenwood Cemetery
Murphy-Collins House African-American Museum
However, you probably don't want to waste your time. Although all the web sites said they were open, none were - except the cemetery, of course. But even there, the gate was stuck and I had to call to a passing jogger to help me get out.
Greenwood Cemetery Tuscaloosa

Greenwood Cemetery Tuscaloosa


Unknown CSA Soldier Graves

Unknown CSA Soldier Graves


Greenwood Cemetery and First African Baptist Church

Greenwood Cemetery and First African Baptist Church


Ruins of Original Alabama State Capitol

Ruins of Original Alabama State Capitol


Of course, this is NCAA football country (Roll, Tide, Roll), but I will let you learn about that topic on your own.
Moon Over Silver Lake

Moon Over Silver Lake


Most of all, I enjoyed the view from my lakefront apartment.

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Southern Literary Tour

For Actual and Armchair Travelers

While looking around for places to go, people to see, and books to read, I found a web site that prompted me to add some of all three to my lists.
First, I was looking for a good reading list for touring the South. Although 17,800,000 results display when you Google best Southern novels, I chose the Oxford American list to see what I had not read of the best of the best and what I might want to re-read. If you want to be more current, Mrs Darcy Southern Summer Reading list has her picks for 2014.
At some point Southern Literary Trail appeared in my Google search. This site lists the towns in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama with relevance for several famous writers from the South.
I started looking for places near Tuscaloosa. Then, I was on my way.

Columbus, Mississippi is just over an hour's drive from Tuscaloosa. I headed that way on a fine October day.
Tennessee Williams Birth Home Columbus Welcome Center

Tennessee Williams Birth Home Columbus Welcome Center


The town promotes Tennessee Williams and Eudora Welty. When you do a little reseearch, you realize that TW lived there only the first three years of his life and EW attended only one semester of college. As the tour guide at the Visitor Center said to me, "if you drive through town, we'll claim you as one of our own.
Williams Birth Home Welcome Guide

Williams Birth Home Welcome Guide


Notice the poet's laurel on the wall. The folks will take anything they can get to link them to Tennessee W. That is the actual wreath that rested on Tennessee William's chest during his viewing and services. This was his grandfather's house when he was the Episcopal priest in Columbus. As Tom Williams' father was a traveling shoe salesman at the time, his mother lived here with her parents and this is the house where he was born. It was really a great visit and she was an enthusiastic host. Not sure everything she told me was the absolute fact...but...that's okay.

I asked for recommendation for lunch. She asked if I wanted a "plate."
I assumed that meant did I want a real sit-down restaurant instead of a chain hamburger place. Now, I know it means a meat with one or more sides and a biscuit.
She also gave me the daily paper to read. She thought I would get a kick out of the headline: Cow Dispute Leads to Noxubee Shooting.
Southern Plate Special

Southern Plate Special


Apparently some cattle got loose and ran on this woman's property. When the farmers ran on her land trying to round them up, she came out brandishing a shotgun and shooting. When the sheriff came, she shot a deputy (but she did not shoot the sheriff - just backwards from the song) and they shot her.
This is wilder than the West! The Columbus Dispatch had another bizarre event in the next day's paper.
I also visited the Friendship Cemetery which dates back to 1849 and is supposedly the first cemetery where they decorated both the Confederate and Union graves - I think that was sometime after the turn of the 20th century.
Born During or After Civil War

Born During or After Civil War


The memories live long about the Invasion. Every body buried in this plot was born either during or just after the end of the Civil War. I know that flag is not that old.
I guess no literary figures are buried in this cemetery, but someone's "Beloved Mammy" and a "Little Orphan Annie" are.
I have driven through and stopped in several small towns in Alabama and Mississippi where the downtown is still a viable business district. People walking, stores, restaurants. It is good to see.
Columbus Downtown

Columbus Downtown

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama

I'll Try Not to Hibernate

I am here for two reasons:

1. I liked the name Tuscaloosa.
2. When I was pouting about the rain back in Tennessee a coupe of weeks ago, i found this pace listed on VRBO.co.
My Tuscaloosa Apartment

My Tuscaloosa Apartment


I am very happy with my beautiful spot. I am in the lower level. The owners live upstairs.
My Tuscaloosa Great Room

My Tuscaloosa Great Room

I know it is not very interesting to read a blog about someone who just sits around all day reading and daydreaming, but you have to admit it will be hard to do anything but that on this pleasant patio with the lake view.
Morning Mist on MY Lake

Morning Mist on MY Lake


Not much goes on either in or on the lake. All the way from my patio, however, I can see 24 inch catfish swimming in the shallows.
Geese on the Lawn

Geese on the Lawn


The neighbors domestic geese come over several times a day. The rest of the time, they flap their cut wings and wonder why they can't take off in the sky.
A lone heron stops by several times in the morning to catch a frog.
A wee lizard runs back and forth on the planter.
A bird sneaks in through my open door and sits in the rafters of my bedroom leaving several droppings on the bedspread. (Shhh...don't tell the landlady.)
A hawk sweeps across.
I sit and read.
Touch of Fall

Touch of Fall


Have I mentioned that I have a good life?

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Birmingham, Alabama

Definitely Worth a Stayover

I put Birmingham on my list of places to visit specifically because of the Civil Rights Institute, and it more than met my expectations. The BCRI provides a very accurate, exceptional, and emotional portrayal of civil rights in Birmingham and the nation. It is especially poignent for people my age and should be informative and inspirational for following generations. I spent at least three hours there,
Approaching BCRI

Approaching BCRI


One of the curators told me he asked a traveler from Australia why he came to visit Birmingham. The reply was "Civil War and Civil Rights."
The the 16th Street Baptist Church. is on the next corner. Particularly poignant is to stand at the memorial for the four young girls killed in the bombing of that church. How many of you remember the CBS reports of all the events of those years?
Flowers for the Four

Flowers for the Four


Across the street from the Institute is a park named for Kelly Inghram where many demonstrations were held and marches started.
The public art in this park is extraordinary.
Kelly Ingram Park Sculpture 2

Kelly Ingram Park Sculpture 2

Unsettling to Walk Through

Unsettling to Walk Through


Additionally, there are the Heritage Trails which are marked trails around the city that generally commemorate the historic marches from the church or park to the City Hall and then link up with other marked trails. I rode my bike along some of the trails, which I suppose defeats the purpose or reliving the marches.

While you are there, you should stay at either the Hassinger-Daniels B&B or the Cobble Inn. I had booked at the Cobble on Hotels.com, but on arrival the owner of both switched me to the H-D.
Seraphim Room in the Afternoon Sun

Seraphim Room in the Afternoon Sun


I chose the Seraphim Room - only because I would never again see or stay in such an over-the-top Victorian girly room! It was a real delight.
From the window, I could see the Vulcan statue, who towers atop the highest hill in Birmingham.
Vulcan Tower Over Birmingham

Vulcan Tower Over Birmingham


Vulcan was built for the 1904 World's Fair in St Louis, returned and lay in waiting until 1939 when the Vulcan Park was created, More recently, the statue was restored, an elevator tower added, and a very nice Birmingham history museum created.
Surprisingly, Birmingham, Alabama is 30 years younger than Denver, Colorado! B'ham was formed in 1878 because of the river and vast supply of coal and other minerals along the river and in the hills. It was the first industrial city in the South. Assuredly, it has a great history of pollution, but that appears to be abated - probably because most of the mining, steel mills, and foundries are gone.

I stayed at the H-B B&B because I could not get a travel club or Couch Surfing host. I had particularly hoped for the member of the Alabama symphony and formerly a violinist in the Colorado symphony. I had begged for a stay at her home, admitting I did not know anything about classical music but wanted to impress my friends.
I did not receive even a polite "No" from her.
Fortunately, because I enjoyed my stay at the H-B so much.
I did, however, get a very nice reply from Don. He was not able to host me, but did take me on a tour of Vulcan Park and around Birmingham.
Don Points Out from the Top of the Vulcan

Don Points Out from the Top of the Vulcan


Don was too busy helping to prepare for the Dali Lama's visit to Birmingham this week, as he works for the performing arts center that is hosting the visit. The Dali Lama will not be Couch Surfing with Don, however. I think he has some special digs.
Oh Those Presbyterians

Oh Those Presbyterians

The Storyteller Fountain

The Storyteller Fountain


Birmingham is a much more attractive city that I had thought it would be. I kept to the historical areas and downtown. It was interesting - all night and all during working hours, almost every parking spot has a car parked in it. Yet, there are very few cars on the street and hardly a soul walking. I was able to ride my bike on city streets and see only a few cars except right around the university hospital. I don't understand who owns all those cars or where they are - and when do all those cars move around the street?

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Alabama Bound

On some Bama Backroads

Alabama Bound

Alabama Bound


I drove two-lane highways from Peachtree City, Georgia and entered Alabama in the county crossroads of Ranburne. From there, I took the roads that led through rolling hills and flatland places named Hawk and Wedowee
Bama Backroads

Bama Backroads

Widest of the Backroads

Widest of the Backroads


The entire area is sprinkled with Baptist and Methodist churches.
Every Two Miles

Every Two Miles


I think I did some up and down and back forth through the Talladega Mountains because I am sure I passed through Barfield, Abel, Cheaha Mountain (highest point in Alabama at 2407 feet), and someplace not on the map called Camp Mac - a huge unpopulated campground that must hold hundreds of campers in the summer.
I didn't get a single picture of the mountains because I didn't find a spot wide enough to pull over - except in Camp Mac. I am not sure I was on the actual highway, because it went right through the middle of the camp, which would seemed rather unsafe for the campers going from the cabins to the mess hall.
At some point between Oxford and Pell City, I decided to find the Interstate. I had spent five hours on these beautiful backroads, but wanted to get to Birmingham by 4 PM.

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