|December 5-6, on through Alabama to Nashville. We got up Wednesday morning, December 5, and discovered the plastic cover over the refrigerator vent was hanging by one corner. Yesterday afternoon, I drove under an overhanging oak branch on one of the small-town main streets that I thought was just twigs, but turned out to be fairly solid. It made a mark all along the top of the trailer and apparently hooked under the vent cover and destroyed it. I tied it on as best I could and headed up the road hoping to find a repair shop.
Our route took us close to Lake Eufala which is a big Corps of Engineers reservoir on the Chattahoochee River on the Alabama-Georgia Border. Lots of boats - including some saltwater craft that apparently come inland from the Gulf of Mexico through the navigation locks. Lots of really nice houses on the reservoir shore with dry boat docks due to about a 20 foot drawdown. We climbed over a range of mountains up to nearly t he highest point in Alabama (Cheaha Mountain, in Cheaha State Park )at about 2,400 feet. When the country rises sharply from 500 feet to 2,400 feet and back down again, they seem to be fairly large mountains. There is some really nice pine and oak timber and lots of log trucks here.
We dropped down into the town of Anniston, AL, and came upon Dandy's RV Superstore, which is maybe the largest and nicest RV dealership I have ever seen, with a 'Camping World' parts and accessories store attached. They not only had the refrigerator vent cover I needed, but also had an igniter for the water heater which has been balky for the past few days, and were happy to loan me a step ladder so I could do the necessary repairs. About an hour and $35 later, all was good as new and we headed on up the road toward Kentucky.
Darlene had noted in her little travel guide that the singing group 'Alabama' had a museum and fan club world HQ in the town of Fort Payne, AL which was on one of our alternate routes, so we swung by to take a look. Alabama was one of our favorite groups when they were CMA band of the year for about 10 years running in the 1980s and 90s. We found a nice, small museum and store in what appeared to be a converted grocery store building. There were displays of personal and band memorabilia and all of the Group of the Year, Song of the Year , Video of the year, etc awards that the band received and a nice short movie about the boys and their career. All four of the band members still live in the area, mostly on the farms where they grew up.
We were out of daylight, so spent the night in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Scottsboro, AL surrounded by idling semi trucks that came and went all night - apparently no local truck stop! Up in the morning and off to Nashville!