Fall Color 2008 travel blog

More than a good night's rest is needed when you plan to drive across these states. In many places the road conditions made us long for Alaska. At least in Alaska they didn't call them expressways and it was understood that if maintained any speed at all you wouldn't have a coach when you arrived. In their defense, some portions of the highways have been re-paved, but the roads are still terrible.

Beautiful countryside and the traffic was not too heavy. In no time we were crossing the mighty Mississippi river into Vicksburg. The first time I crossed the Mississippi at Vicksburg in 1965 was at night and we were having car trouble. Two months later when we again crossed, during the day, I was terrified of the high, narrow bridge where traffic had to be monitored to make sure it could pass on the bridge. I dreaded everytime we had to cross after that. I guess I am one of the happiess persons that now the bridge is six and eight lanes and now I have nothing to fear. However, the tension, excitment and adventure are also gone.

Vicksburg is a city with great southern charm and a rich history in the waterfront and the civil war. We cruised through just as we did in Jackson and Meridian. This part of Mississippi is always warm and muggy.

When we crossed into Alabama we began to debate. Do we stop? Do we go on? There isn't much in western, central Alabama. Tuscaloosa seemed too close to stop and then we would have to go through Birmingham in morning traffic. We decided to get on the eastern side of B'Ham and I found an RV park in Cropwell, AL. Lakeside Landing RV Park & Marina, 4600 Martin Street South, Cropwell, AL 35054, 205-525-5701, www.lakeloganmartin.com, was in the Trailer Life Directory, but the GPS didn't want to recognize it. Thank God, with 498.5 miles under our belt for the day we found the park. That distance is easy to do if you have good roads. What we had traveled was anything but.

What a lovely park. Wide open spaces that surrounded Logan Martin Lake. This lake is fully developed for recreation. Boat docks, piers and walkways make access to the water easy. Fancy is not a word that I would use about this park, but it is one of the most easy and relaxing parks. We would love to come back and spend some time.

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