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From Sea to Shining Sea, Days 7 & 8: Demopolis, AL to Meridian, MS
|WHITE BLUFF ON THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER, LANDNG SPOT OF THE FRENCH COLONISTS|
|GAINESWOOD PLANTATION HOUSE TOOK ALMOST 20 YEARS TO COMPLETE.|
|BLUFF HALL IS OWNED BY THE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY.|
|BLUFF HALL IS FILLED WITH ARTFULLY ARRANGED ANTIQUES.|
|FISHERMEN TURNED OUT FOR THE TOURNAMENT.|
|DOWNTOWN MERIDIAN FROM CITY HALL (Photo from Wikimedia)|
On Sunday, we enjoyed our first Time Out Day. We decided to institute this practice once a week—usually on Sundays, for a variety of reasons—to give ourselves a break from our road trip routine. No to sightseeing, driving, and letterboxing. Yes to laundry, regrouping, and relaxing. So far, we like it a lot!
Tomorrow we plan to continue west on US-80, crossing the Mississippi River into Louisiana.
SATURDAY, 19 NOVEMBER, & SUNDAY, 20 NOVEMBER, 2016
• Ended in: Meridian, MS
• Miles driven: 86 (1,071 total)
• Weather: 46° to 59°, clear
• Letterboxes: another zero day
• Walked: 2.3 miles (16.5 total)
• States: AL, MS
• Counties: 3
• Towns: 6
• Bugs splattered on our car: 5,237
• Lizzie's energy level: 352 on a scale of 1 to 10
• Columns on Demopolis homes: 1,390
• Anglers in the fishing tourney: 36
• Value of spending time with family: priceless
Loved: Spending the morning with David and Tonya and their terrific kids.
Lacking: Letterboxes—none anywhere along our route today.
Learned: We had no idea that Bonapartists had sought refuge along the banks of the Tombigbee River and tried to grow grapes and olives.
Our duck release in Alabama was Moby Duck. He set sail on the Tombigbee River from the Demopolis City Landing. Wisely he waited until the end of the tourney so he wouldn't get hooked by a fisherman. If nothing happens along the way, he'll end up in the Mobile River and into Mobile Bay before chugging into the Gulf of Mexico.