2017 Travels travel blog

Carpes at Crestview FL Wal*Mart

I 10 was foggy in spots east of Gulfport

Time to top up Carpe's tank
Diesel was 25¢/gallon less in Mississippi

We love these roomy truck stop lanes

Entering Alabama

Approaching Mobile

Entering the Mobile Bay tunnel

Mobile Bay tunnel

Mobile Bay causeway

Battleship Alabama (BB-60)

Entering the Sunshine State

Mon, 18 Dec: Another day on the road...

It was a fairly noisy nite at the Gulfport Wal*Mart. We started out in a quiet area but during the nite a reefer truck parked nearby with its cooling unit running. Some of the cooling units run continuously, which produces a sort of white noise. Others cycle on and off as needed, which create a nuisance. We ended up with the latter type.

We got a fairly late start, rolling wheels about half past nine. No particular reason, just plain laziness. Our first "leg" was a short one, 36 miles to a Pilot/Flying J Truck Stop at Moss Point. We weren't in dire need of fuel, but we learned that diesel in Mississippi was 15¢/gallon less than Alabama and 25¢/gallon less than Florida. Yes, we're cheap!

We quickly crossed into Alabama and in short order approached Mobile. I 10 crosses Mobile Bay by a tunnel at the west end and a causeway the rest of the way. While on the causeway we got to marvel at the USS Alabama (BB-60), a museum battleship moored near the city. Those battleships are always a beautiful sight.

Sixty-some miles east of Mobile we entered the Sunshine State of Florida. A stop at the Welcome Center resulted in lunch (which Sandi warmed up) and a current state road map (which Bob procured).

We arrived at today's destination, the Crestview Wal*Mart a few minutes before two. We found a level spot to call home for the nite and got set up. Dinner was take out from the Hunan Chinese Restaurant that abuts the Wal*Mart lot. It was as good as the last time we passed thru.

An easy 177 miles today with an overall fuel economy of 8¾ mpg.

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