On my way down to Gainesville I tried to stop (to sleep in the car) in some little town just inside the Tennessee border, but it was so damn hot and humid I could barely breathe. I figured if I kept driving I could at least have a breeze, so I drove on into the wee hours of the night, stopping at last at a rest area just inside the Alabama border. I slept fitfully for three hours or so, waking at dawn, and headed back out on the road. I made it to Birmingham by 7:30 AM.
Couldn't get enough of the space rocket.
Or the trash barrels.
NEXT TIME: Banana Spiders and other Strange Floridians.