From Dothan, Alabama …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Today was a travel day for us, and the weather was very nice. We took our time getting on the road this morning since we were just planning to stay overnight in a parking lot somewhere. It was almost noon by the time we left Lake Hartwell.
The “fun” part of the trip (NOT!) was driving straight through Atlanta. But we timed it so the traffic was not terribly bad, and Charlie did a great job handling all the traffic in six lanes and maneuvering around tractor trailers, etc. Ugh!
We traveled mostly interstate today and didn’t make our first stop until around 3:30pm. We stopped at a nice welcome center in Georgia and ate the lunch I packed for us this morning. Then we filled up the truck with diesel before getting back on the road.
We continued on passing into Alabama. The fall colors were gorgeous on our drive today. While driving through Eufaula, Alabama, we noticed signs for a really nice state park and a Corp of Engineers park that we would like to check out. It could be a nice place to stay on this route if we needed to. The town of Eufaula had beautiful antebellum style mansions along the road, and I later learned that you can tour them. It looks like a nice little town to spend some time in. Who knows, we may want to come through here and spend several days at the COE park on the lake.
We had hoped to stay overnight at the Cracker Barrel in Dothan, AL, but when we arrived, the manager happened to be outside in the parking lot. He informed us that they do not allow overnight parking. We went inside and a nice relaxed dinner though before moving on.
Charlie had information on two Walmarts in Dothan, so I called one and spoke to the manager. He said it would be fine to overnight in their parking lot. So after dinner, we drove about three miles to the Walmart and parked there in a very well lit area. This is our first time overnighting at Walmart, so we’ll see how it goes. We did go inside and do a little shopping before retiring to Ali’s Cat for the night. This is not something I would want to do very often, but you hate to pay good money just to sleep a few hours and then get back on the road.
Tomorrow morning we only have about 150 miles or so to drive to our next destination … Grayton Beach, FL, here we come!
NOTE: I apologize for the quality of today's photos!