Turning Left

LeftWe are rolling north, away from the sweltering heat of the Gulf States. The plan is to move from Florida to northern Michigan. A distance of approximately 1100 miles/1800 km with a possible stop in Nappanee, IN to have some chassis maintenance done on the motorhome at the Newmar manufacturing site.

The one-week stay in Pensacola, Florida was nice but definitely too warm/too humid for this human and the dogs. The air-conditioners became an essential piece of equipment. However, the dogs got to swim in the bay and we explored a little bit of the National Seashore and Fort Pickens. This place has a long and important history in the establishment of the USA.


Moving north on Interstate 65 through Alabama a humongous confederate flag located at the side of the highway advertises to everybody passing by the Confederate_Rebel_Flag“Sons of Confederate Veterans” association (click here). I wonder if there are African-American members in the SCV association? We stayed over the weekend in Birmingham, Alabama

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Tomorrow we will move the household for a one-week stay to Nashville, Tennessee. Stay tuned.

Going East

After our short boon docking stay in Port Lavaca we continued the eastward movement. Traveling through Houston suburbs to Galveston Island along a state road that turned into a toll road without any warning cost us $10.50. Is that the future of America? Will we have great roads but have to pay for every mile we move on them? Is that what the Donald means when he talks about the infusion of private money in his infrastructure plan?

We spent one week 10 miles west of Galveston. Jamaica Beach is a small Galveston Island community with a very long and wide beach stretching out to the horizon in both directions. In good old Texas fashion one can drive a vehicle in designated areas right down to the waterline. We observed people set-up their camping chairs right next to the exhaust pipes of their trucks and sit there all day long dangling their feet into the water. Almost nobody walks off the beach parking areas.

Greyish skies persisted most days with temperatures of 85F/30C and levels of humidity approaching 100%. Some folks say that the high humidity is good for ones skin. Let’s hope they are right.

Moving east through Texas and crossing the Louisiana state line. Large parts of Interstate 10 are not only extremely busy, but also extremely bumpy. So bumpy, that one may lose dental fillings.

The weather forecast for Breaux Bridge, LA indicated a 70-90% probability for thunderstorms and rain over the next 24 hours. Well, they were correct. The next day provided 24 hours of thunderstorms and lots of heavy rain. The lightning was occasionally so close; one could feel the ground shaking. Once the rain stopped we explored parts of the Atchafalaya Basin along lonely levee roads taking the Honda Fit into the largest swamp in the USA.

In a marvelous feat of engineering Interstate 10 has been elevated across the Atchafalaya Basin from Breaux Bridge almost all the way to Baton Rouge. In Baton Rouge Interstate 10 crosses the Mississippi River. From there it was only another 70 miles through wetlands and along Lake Pontchartrain to reach New Orleans, the Big Easy.

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While staying in New Orleans we visited the Oak Alley Plantation approximately 40 miles south-west of town in Vacherie, LA on the banks of the Mississippi.

We stopped for a few days in Biloxi, MS. A small city dominated by casinos stretched out along the Gulf of Mexico with really not very much to do. My advise to anybody with active dogs is to not go there. It seems that Mississippi does not like dogs very much. Enough said.

We are currently settled for a one-week stay in Pensacola, FL. Pensacola will probably mark the easternmost point of our 2017 travel. We will turn left and head straight north through Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for an extended stay on Lake Superior. Later we will turn left again and head to the left coast. There is more to come. Stay tuned.

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