7/18//14 - Nashville TN To Nacogdoches, TX Part Two|
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Barbara stopped by the motor home early in the morning to say a last “Goodbye” and once all things were “GO” we headed out of Nashville.
We drove along route 840 that nicely skirts Nashville and eventually turned south on I-65. The Natchez Trace (K’s favorite route) would have made our journey much longer, and stopping along the Trace would have been impossible. Our rig is much too long to just “pull over” … so I-65 it was!
The Interstate provided many beautiful vistas, and happily it was not too crowded, and no road construction sites along the way. It seemed only a short time before we left Tennessee and entered our old stomping grounds - Alabama.
We were not long into “Beautiful Alabama” before we chanced upon the Alabama Welcome Center. It's one of the most attractive and interesting welcome centers we’ve visited -
We were able to view the space vehicle long before we entered the Welcome Center stop.
There were many war memorials - The Vietnam War Memorial -
The Korean War Memorial -
And a memorial to Alabama Combat Vetrans
I guess this says it all:
We could have spent much time at this interesting Center, but we had some miles to travel before reaching the campground where we had reservations.
Our original plans had us going to Meridian, MS but there were no RV parks that can accommodate a 40'er, so we decided to stop just outside Tuscaloosa, in the town of Cottondale.
The place is just off the freeway (always a plus) and it was in two sections. One part looked more like sites for long-term residents, but across the street was a large, flat area quite suitable for "overnighters." The lawns were well manicured, and we were pleased with our site.
It was a great "overnight park."
We were happy the next morning to be greeted with clear skies! We took this particular route (south and west) in order to avoid the "severe weather" promised for areas we'd planned to travel.
It wasn't a long drive across Alabama, and we were greeted with another outstanding Welcome Center when we entered Mississippi.
The center was constructed in 1957 and looked like a new building! These parlors are situated on each side of the main informational room in the building.
There's one small building just outside the main building and is the "Security" building. We were to find more "Security Buildings" each time we stopped at a Mississippi rest stop! Interesting!
Route 20 nicely skirts the various cities we passed as we drove across the state. It sure made travel in the cities not a problem!
Eventually we reached Louisiana.
This sign just outside the welcome center is inviting!
The interior of the building was like a history lesson. The placards and posters were so interesting, and we wanted more time to learn more about the history of Louisiana.
We felt that we really would have liked to take a few other routes here in Mississippi - all of whom recognize and honor the many roads that saw some civil rights workers killed, but other roads that celebrate even today the struggle for freedom.
Someday I'd really also like to return to Alabama and walk the road from Selma to Montgomery or visit many of the sites that now honor and remember the valiant people who spent their lives working for justice. I just added these two states to my bucket list!
We have been so lucky weather-wise since we've left California. Today was to be sunless and lots of "liquid sunshine." The skies grew darker, so we knew what was coming. We rains came down and visibility was not good. However, ever onward we went, hoping that the promised "severe weather" was not about to come our way.
Thankfully, the rain was all we got - no thunder and lightening. When we reached our destination, we had left the highway and encountered only a few cars along the road. We found the entrance to our destination - and we suspect that on a sunny day, the entrance into the park would have been beautiful.
Our destination for this "last night on the road" before Nacogdoches sounded interesting..... Lincoln Parish Park. It is about 15 minutes north of the city of Ruston and must be a place of great beauty when the rain is not pelting down!
Other visitors say this about it: "LPP is a true hidden treasure for locals and visitors alike. It offers so many things for people of all ages. World Class Mtn. Biking, a barrier free handicap accessible playground, a beach for swimming, a lake for fishing, primitive and RV camping, open and enclosed pavilions, and some of the greatest beauty that nature can provide."
We had a nice pull through site and were able to see the lake close by. We thot this would be a great place to spend a few days (sans rain).
The following morning the rain had stopped! The skies were still overcast, but weather-wise, it was a fine day for the ride into Nacogdoches. We did have one city that was busy - Shreveport, and there was lots of traffic.
Paul again rose to the call and maneuvered us through this final town in Louisiana.
We were glad to reach Texas and stopped to give instructions to our handy Google navigator. She had us going a different way from the plans we had, but soon realized it was a shorter and less crowded alternative.
It did not take a long time to reach Nacogdoches and first stop was at one of our favorite places - Extreme Graphics. This is where we had our previous Foretravel completely painted - why did we ever sell it? Oh well, Paul hopes to have our rear ladder (broken when the pin fell out of our Blue Ox connector and the ensuing swerving of the Honda eventually broke the ladder). We think the ladder can be replaced - but think the cost of repairing the fibre glass will have to put those plans on a back burner.
On Monday we have an appointment to have various motor/engine work done on the rig.
Finally, we will take the Foretravel to the tire place from which we purchased these tires four years ago and see how healthy they are (or aren't.)
We wanted to stay at an RV park close to the town, and happened upon one we recognized right away. We stayed here a number of years ago, and it has been somewhat improved in over the years. We have 50 amps, dump, and water at site - no trees to speak of, but it's a quiet place and we like the new owner. It will make a nice home for the next few days.
Paul has been dreaming of getting some Creole/Cajun food, and we happened the only one in Nacogdoches - "The Fish Place" and it settled his cravings......
So far, no rain and we are going to get caught up on our emails and other things-to-get-done!