We got an early enough start, around 9 a.m. When we crossed over from the panhandle into Alabama two things happened: gas dropped by 20 cents a gallon and the temperature dropped by 15 degrees.
Next a sign advised that we were entering the central time zone. Great! We got an extra hour back. We also noticed that there seemed to be more "civilization" than we had come across in Florida. There is evidence in this part of the country of a great Native American presence mainly in the names of towns and rivers like Wetumpka, Chattahoochee, Lake Seminole, and my favorite, the Apalachicola River. I was also reminded of the Civil War history of the area by the numerous Confederate flags still flying proudly.
We're also noticing the awesome red dirt in this part of the country. I don't remember our Georgia dirt being quite this hue. It makes me think about the lovely pigment the Native Americans had for their painting and pottery.
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and our destination is Memphis, TN where we will hook up (we can hope) with Jim. We're excited to get together and get him moved into the RV park that will be his home for who knows how long.