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11) Leaving the (sad) State of Alabama, back to home state!

Stops along the way, More cops stops!

sunny 62 °F
View VW bus trip on PayDro's travel map.

...And the layers begin to shed... it's in the 50's today... whew, what a relief! Only 1 pair of socks, no thermal underwear, no jackets, just a long sleeve shirt, and Leeann already has on her flip-flops! The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter...

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Good morning! And welcome to Alabama! The state is a little somber as we drove through, I guess because of the Tide's loss to Utah this week... (OUCH!) Good luck next year, Saban...

We hit a little fog on the way out of the city... and soon after Montgomery, we got stopped by a Alabama State Trooper who was very nice, saw our papaerwork, and let us go. (Did I mention that we have NO TAG on the bus?) We DO have insurance, though, which they have been asking for. He was Very nice, and soon the sun came out... Yeah!

We were travelling down SR 231 south heading for Troy (the city, not the brother), AL. On the road again...S6001480.jpg

We stopped at a little nut shop (because we are both a little nutty!) and got a few little bags of nuts, and jars of jelly.
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We passed through Troy Alabama, ans took a pic of the water tower as we passed by...
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This photo was taken as we were stopped once AGAIN! This time by Troy city policeman. He was also very nice, and, after checking my licence and papers, asked how many times we've been pulled over. I told him "Only three times, but two in Alabama." He said, "well, it is hard to miss!" Once again: Rock Star status is intact...
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I tried to get LeeAnn to take a picture of the officer (for proof), but I thought it mght be taken the wrong way. Oh, well.

We stayed on SR231 until we hit the Florida border, and we were so happy, and high-fiving each other, we forgot to take a pic! We DID see lots of GREEN, though. That was our first comment, that it was nice to see green grass again. We kept on driving down to Marianna, FL, and took a chance on I-10 EAST. It wasn't as bad as we thought, and drove on through Tallahassee, and stopped on the other side, in Lloyd, FL. Took pics of the big BP coffee boy. S6001488.jpg And with the MM: S6001489.jpg

Soon after these were taken, a pick-up truck pulled up next to us and the guy inside spoke to us about having a van of his own long ago (we get LOTS of these stories!) But Rick (the guy's name) was real nice, and we learned that he has boxers (the dogs, not the pugilists... kids: look it up) and he looked like Caesar Milano (the dog whisperer), but with dark hair. Very nice dude...

Then we were off and driving again. The sun started to set, and this is what we saw in the rearview:
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You have to admit... there's NOTHING like a sunset in Florida! Even the bad ones are good! we felt invigorated and energized by all the input we were getting: Sun, color, warmth. All was good... so far.

We stopped for a meal outside Lake City, at a Krystals (you know you are in the South when there's a Krystal's!) And a slight tragedy struck... the solenoid had the same problem: key turn, no engine response, and not "click." So, I feel good, and get under the bus to do the start-jump. S6001492.jpgLeeAnn turns the key (shifter in neutral), and the screwdriver I took, wouldn't create any spark! It was coated with some black coating, and had a magnetic tip. One of those things made it not work. So, we headed over to the Wal-Mart (they are EVERYWHERE!) and found a screwdriver with an insulated handle, and no coating, or magnetized tip.

Kids: DO NOT try this at home! But if you do, remember this tip: When connecting any electrical manually (you are taking your life in your hands; LITTERALLY), and place your hand like this: S6001555.jpg

NOT like this:
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The fingers should NOT touch any metal parts!

OK, so it started up, and off we went... Heading to Gainesville to stop at our buddy Danny's house and stay the night. He had gotten a head start on the adult bev's and as I parked the bus in his driveway, he was out the door with three beers! YOU DA MAN! he had dinner started, and we had a great meal of hot Buffalo wings and shrimp. S6001495.jpg
And Leeann and I just watched: S6001494.jpg
There was no free signal close-by, so I am doing the blog today...

We got to bed late, and started out the next morning.

P & L

Posted by PayDro 22:21 Archived in USA Tagged automotive

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