Thursday, July 14, 2005
The rhythm of the road is kicking in. We left Atlanta and headed west on Interstate 20 towards Birmingham. First stop was a Flying J Truck Stop for refuleling. These stops are great. Even though setup for truckers they have a set of pumps for cars and RVs. We noticedd that the price of gas is a bit cheaper there than other locations. For me, their wireless internet access is frosting on the cake. This Flying J was just across the Alabama border traveling from Atlanta towards Birmingham.
I-20 was our path through the Taledega National Forest. A paved trail through very dense forest growth. A thousand Bigfoots, (Bigfeet?), could live in there and no one would ever see them. Thank goodness none of them ran across the road in front of us.
Passing through Birmingham we could see the industrial heritage of this city. We could see huge plants that must have been for steelmaking or fabrication. The names of the surrounding towns reflected the history of the area. Names like Bessemer and Carbon Hill.
Just west of Birmingham we turned north and started our final leg towards Red Bay, the birthplace of The Mothership. The countryside is very beautiful in this area with green rolling hills. Turning for final approach to Red Bay we changed to a small county road and arrived in Red Bay about 3pm Central Time just as the afternoon thunderstorms began. Bob was in the campground office checking in when a bolt of lightning hit nearby. Everyone in the office gasped and almost dove for cover. It was like a direct hit from heavy artillery. Barbara who was waiting in the Mothership said she almost had a heart attack it was so loud.
We were assigned a campsite and a service number and settled in for the night. Full hookups and 50 amp power. My kind of place. Best of all it is only $10 a night. The down side is that there is no internet available. There is a phone line in the office and we may take advantage of that in the morning. We turned in early expecting to be called early for service. Conversations with people around us revealed that the work load is light this time of year and we should expect to be called right away.