Yesterday was a good day. Rode all the way through Alabama on Rt. 84 which is known as the El Camino Corridor. It was an uneventful day once I got on my way.
Left the campground about 9:30 and Gertie got me to a Wal-Mart in Dorthan, AL to get an oil change which I was about due for but was really in need of new windshield wipers and a good windshield cleaning so that took about an hour out of my day but was a good way to start out with a new slate - in a couple of ways.
Another bit of Gertie news: she likes street names, AL likes route numbers. Fun.
So driving across the whole width of southern AL, here are my reflections:
- buy stock in Dollar General - they're everywhere and being built where they aren't
- the soil is just as red as in GA - maybe redder
- there's a Malone, AL - just saying
- DUH - I'm driving a Chevy so I can sing Dinah Shore's (who's old enough to remember her?) song - "See the USA, in your Chevrolet. . .). Who knows all the words to her little diddy?
- Robert Trent Jones has a golf trail in S. AL - who cares?
- They're logging the heck out of SW AL - if I passed one truck hauling trees, I passed at least 50 - at least they were going east. And then I found where they were logging and not reforresting!
- black-eyed susans proliferated the roadside
- Rt. 84 was like ribbon candy stretched out a little
- If I passed 1 church, I passed over 100 - some so small, many out in the middle of nowhere, all cute and well taken care of.
mileage: 300.1 campground: $20 ($2 upgrade for waterfront)
gas: $71 @ ($3.40/gal)
oil chg & wipers: $73