Mississippi is now in the past and we’re in Alabama.  Not by much…something around 13 miles, but Mississippi joins Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California as places we’ve been through.  Hard to imagine, but we’ve been on the road now for a little over 3 weeks with less than a week to go.

So, what would you like to know about the South?  Once we got out of the Delta, the land became hilly.  Not big hills and not steep hills, but the road is constantly going up or down.  For a Wisconsinite it is a lot like riding in the northern Kettle Morraine.  So, for us, familiar; for the folks from the mountain states, painful — they just don’t like the constant gear changes.

The area has been in a drought (some places have gone more than 60 days without rain) so the trees are distressed and the swamps are low to dry. Still it is things like the swamps and kudzu as far as the eye can see, that remind us, that, like Oklahoma, similar geography is not similar ecosystem.

But, dear readers, today was a very long day and tomorrow even longer.  I’m in need of a new shoe (took a bad hit to the rear tire) and a good night’s sleep to get ready for tomorrow.   Until then….

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