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State Capitols · Southeast Tour
Day 5 - Saturday, November 25, 2006

Happy Birthday JP!!
And also Woody Woodpecker who is 66 today!
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Montgomery, Alabama

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Yesterday I wrote that I was going to try to drive 12 hours today. That didn't happen, and, as I sure you've already guessed, my failure is the direct fault of The Navigator. Let me explain...

We got to Montgomery, Alabama and I was ready to head for Atlanta as I still needed three more hours to get in 12 for the day. And then The Navigator changed the route! He had me get on I-65 South, NOT part of the route. He had me drive for about 10 minutes and then get off. And... WOW... there's a Flying J here. The Navigator explained he figured the short detour would be worth it as we would be dealing with a known quantity (Flying J is famous for store to store consistency). I asked about the drive home and he assured me tomorrow's drive will be no longer than 6-7 hours.

So, since we're at a Flying J and since I've heard truckers on the CB and other folks who frequent Flying J rave about the Saturday night roast beef buffet feast and since this should be our last night on the road, I decided to give it a try. It cost $14 with tip and it was worth it! What a spread. I am stuffed and even sneaked The Navigator some of the fantastic roast beef wrapped up in a napkin. Have you ever seen a dog smile?

Jackson, the capital of Mississippi and Montgomery, the capital of Alabama were practically deserted today when I took pix of the capitols. I guess since it's Saturday and the Thanksgiving weekend...

Tomorrow should be pretty much a hammer down day with a short stop in Atlanta to grab a pix of the Georgia capitol.

Time to watch a movie. I regret this every time I do it, but I let The Navigator choose the movie tonight. And he chose "Lady and The Tramp." He always chooses that movie. I think he fancies himself to be the tramp :)

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The capitol of Mississippi is hidden somewhere in this pic. Can you find it? Will this close up help? :) Situation: There is a water tower that has become rusty. It needs to be sandblasted to get rid of the rust. Then it needs to be painted.
Challenge: How do you prevent the sand and the paint from being blown by the wind and and making a mess?
Solution: See the pic. Note the two guys on top of the water tower.
Pretty fall colors. The trees in middle Alabama are just beginning to turn.
The capitol of Alabama in the capital, Montgomery. We waited all day for the sun to get like that.
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T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Begin: 8:30am
End: 6:00pm
Net (includes stops): 9 hrs, 30 mins
Begin odometer: 171,605
End odometer: 172,142
Net miles today: 537
Average MPH: 56.5
Total trip miles: 2,279

Gasoline: $40.00
     Price: $2.049/gal
     Bought in: Rayville, LA
Food, ice, etc.: $26.00 - $14 of that was the Flying J buffet. Yummy!
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $5.00 - Internet access
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Contributed by Linda in SC
Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant.

1973 – 5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special school for expectant mothers.

2006 – Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood, who notifies the ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state over and gets an abortion without her parent’s consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more careful next time.

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From SB in UT:

If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans for the future.

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A heart-warming football story from Bill in KY:

The coach had put together the perfect team for the New Orleans Saints. The only thing missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn't find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl victory.

Then one night, while watching Fox News, he saw a war-zone scene in Afghanistan.

In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan Muslim soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a window from 80 yards away. Then he threw another from 50 yards down a chimney, and then hit a passing car going 80 miles per hour.

"I've got to get this guy!" coach said to himself. "He has the perfect arm!"

So, he brings the young Afghan to the States and teaches him the great game of football ....... and sure enough the Saints go on to win the Super Bowl.

The young Afghan is hailed as a hero of football, and when the Coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants to do is call his mother.

"Mom," he says into the phone, "I just won the Super Bowl!"

"I don't want to talk to you," the old Muslim woman says. "You deserted us. You are not my son!"

"Mother, I don't think you understand," pleads the son, "I've just won the greatest sporting event in the world!"

"No! Let me tell you," his mother retorts. "At this very moment there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week, and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doesn't get assaulted!"

The old lady pauses, then tearfully says, "I will never forgive you for making us move to New Orleans."

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