This portion of our journey home took us through the westernmost part of Florida and the southern tip of Alabama, before we began making our way in a northwesterly direction toward Jackson, MS and I-55.
The morning in Fort Pickens began clear and cold. There were freeze warnings for that night in the Pensacola area, but we did not see any evidence of frost. We were on our way by 7:30 a.m. and said goodbye to the Gulf of Mexico and what appeared to be the calmest surf of our time there and Pensacola Bay, which had it’s usual white caps. We could feel the wind as we crossed the bridges to the mainland and were hoping that once inland the winds would diminish. That did not happen. We had the worst mileage on our trip today—a paltry 9.7 mpg. Up to now the lowest we ever had was just above 11 mpg. A very strong headwind and hilly terrain were the cause.
We took I-10 west out of Pensacola. Just west of Mobile we took U.S. 98 northwest to Hattiesburg, MS where we picked up U. S. 49. Our route took us past the USS Alabama in Mobile and through the I-10 George Wallace Tunnel under the Mobile River. The decent and ascent into and out of the tunnel are steep but the tunnel is not really very long and we were through in no time.
We are spending the night at Movietown RV Park in Canton, MS, just north of Jackson. When we called for a space yesterday, they told us that the park is mostly work campers so we really didn’t now what to expect. However we were pleasantly surprised. They run a “tight ship” and the park is neat, quiet and roomy. Most of the RVs here appear to be newer and there are a few small park models scattered throughout. There are about a dozen camping cabins available. It certainly is not a destination park but as a stopover for the night, it is great. All spaces are long level gravel pull-throughs with 30 and 50 amp service, water, electric and sewer at each site. I certainly would recommend this park if you are traveling through the area and need a space for the night.
Since Winter just will not let the Midwest out of it’s grip, we called ahead to check on the availability of Thursday night’s campground in Lincoln, IL, where a few days ago they got 11” of snow. They are plowed out and the snow is melting so that is good.