I have a new HP laptop, slightly better than the ones I have been using in the past, and so far, the change to Windows 10 hasn't been a big problem, so without further delay, let me continue with our story.
After leaving our friend's place near Reeves, LA, we headed northeast on Hwy 165, around Alexandria, and up Hwy 58 to meet up with Hwy 84 just west of Jonesville. We made one quick stop at Alexander Forest WMA, at the south edge of Alexandria, to refresh our tanks (they didn't even charge us), and then continued on our way through beautiful green southern pine forests and gently rolling hills most of the way.
We arrived well before dark at the Brookhaven, MS Walmart. We had great weather all the way, but as dusk fell, we could see a very dark straight line of clouds moving in from the west.
|The approaching line of clouds from the Brookhaven, MS Walmart.|
This is why we watch the weather constantly as we travel. Had we simply continued east along the most direct route down I-10, we could have easily put ourselves in harm's way. But between weather reports and the fact that we choose to stay off the Interstate highways as much as possible so we can see more of rural America, we chose to follow a more northern route away from the coast. As a result, we got nothing more than a little rain.
|The next morning at the Brookhaven, MS Walmart.|
|Great parking at the Andalusia, AL Walmart.|
|Sharon and Angel at the Andalusia, AL Walmart.|
|A beautiful red coach at the Andalusia, AL Walmart.|
From Andalusia, we continued on to the east side of the loop around Opp, AL, and took Hwy 52 to Samson, AL, then headed south on Hwy 87 into Florida. Hurray! We finally made it back to Florida after being away from it since November of 1993! Soon after we crossed the state line, we headed east again on Hwy 2 to get over to Hwy 231.
Since the Welcome Center was only a couple miles north, we stopped there to check it out.
|Our RV and trailer in the back lot at the Hwy 231 Florida Welcome Center.|
|The Florida Hwy 231 Welcome Center.|
|Space suit on display at the Hwy 231 Florida Welcome Center.|
|Our RV at the Panama City, FL Walmart.|
Before we got to Appalachiacola, we decided to turn off on State Road 30A, just to see where it went. It took is past St, Vincent Island NWR, and out to Cape San Blas, and the end of the road. Along the way was mostly residential area, with many expensive homes and resorts set among the beautiful Southern Pine forest and beaches.
|A St. Vincent Island NWR map at Cape San Blas, FL.|
|Our RV at the end of the road, Cape San Blas, FL.|
|Signs at the end of the road, Cape San Blas, FL.|
|The boat landing and ferry dock to St. Vincent NWR at Cape San Blas, FL.|
|The first bridge on the causeway approach, Hwy 98, Eastpoint, FL.|
|Crossing the causeway toward Eastpoint, FL.|
|Only one example of the beautiful drive on Hwy 98 near Eastpoint, FL.|
|Our RV beachside at Carabelle Beach, FL.|
|Carabelle Beach, FL. looking west.|
|Carabelle Beach, FL looking east.|
After Carabelle, we took a slight detour on Hwy 319 through Appalachiacola NF and then back to Hwy 98 again, and on to Perry, FL, our next overnight stop at a Walmart.
|Our RV and trailer at the Perry, FL Walmart.|
The brief stop gave us time to fix a quick sandwich and check parking info on my smart phone, so we decided to head for Ocala NF, in hopes that they had spaces open. They did. We'll talk about that in the next post.
Although this pretty much ends our trip across the country as we get settled into a somewhat stationary lifestyle for awhile, there will still be some interesting stories in the next few posts, so please stick around. If you enjoy the stories so far, please subscribe to new post notifications so you don't miss out.
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