Right after leaving our campground, we pulled in to fill up. Unfortunately, when we went to exit, we discovered we were blocked in by and SUV …
which, it seems had just driven her vehicle in under the rear of a dump truck and was unwilling to move until the police arrived. After close to half -hour of watching no activity, we convinced the truck driver to move his truck forward so we could pull around the SUV and be on our way. Reluctantly, he obliged.
Leaving Montgomery, we retraced, in reverse, the route of the third Selma-to-Montgomery march which helped galvanize the Civil Rights Movement.
Continuing west along US-80 we passed though some very economically depressed areas, where some communities appeared to have more abandoned homes and businesses than occupied ones … interrupted by a few scenes which brought smiles to our faces …
The couple driving it were from northeast England and had their RV shipped to Nova Scotia and were enroute to Belize in Central America.
We also passed through the town of Philadelphia (population 7,477) where, on June 21, 1964, three young civil rights workers—a 21-year-old black Mississippian, James Chaney, and two white New Yorkers, Andrew Goodman, 20, and Michael Schwerner, 24—were murdered.
Traveling across central Alabama and Mississippi, we’ve been surprised with the extent to the timbering industry and huge saw mill operations.