From Georgia to AlabamaJune 9, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C
Today we head west to Alabama where we will spend a few nights with friends who have made a new life in Georgia in Alpharetta north of Atlanta. They fancied a road trip to Birmingham and we were happy to join them.
The drive from state to state was very easy taking interstate 20, but we decided to break things up a bit by turning off onto a parallel highway for 100 miles or so. The road was as densely forested as revealed by the views that we noted from the top of the Hilton in Atlanta. The journey was a little soporific though, mile after mile of strip malls and fast food joints. We stopped for lunch at a Wendy's and asked for a salad. Judging by the size of the other clientele this may have been the first time they had been asked for this in a while.
Back on the road we crossed through the Talladega national forest and the Coosa River which meanders for many hundreds of miles across the southern states. Finally we were upon Birmingham and headed for the Residence Inn where we were staying for three nights. After a brief swim in the compact outdoor pool, we waited for Malcolm and Huj's arrival with wine and nibbles to greet them. That night we headed to Gallery and Garden Restaurant, one of the many fine choices around the Highland Avenue area. The food was modern southern cooking and was delicious along with the great wines and one too many Espresso Martinis. After zig zagging home we slept very soundly, woken occasionally by the noisy but essential air conditioning.Read more