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.
This segment of our trip ended as we crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge
and entered the march’s starting point in Selma.
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 …
as well as what has been a most unusual sight on this trip.
We pulled in to the Visitor’s Center where we were pared next a Global Expedition Vehicle 4X4 Off-road RV (which until today we’d only seen on the Travel Channel’s “Extreme RVs” show).
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.
Our campground for the next two nights is in LeFLeur’s Bluff State Park in Jackson, Mississippi
Where, once again we’ve discovered influences of the Bible Belt dictating state and municipal policies.