We left creepy Montgomery this morning. The place has the 5th highest crime rate in the us. And the hotel bathroom smelled like butt. Hey! I call em like I smell em.
We traveled just back roads and I swear they were just logging rds because we only saw log trucks. Here’s some knowledge, kids: Alabama’s 3rd biggest GDP is wood. I thought all we would see is cotton fields!
Still no little southern towns did we see. We saw a lot of boarded up general stores but that was it. I expected at every bend in the road and little dot on the map we would find “Southern Brigadoon”.
We found ourselves in Monroeville birthplace of Truman Capote (author of In Cold Blood)and Harper Lee ( author of To Kill a Mockingbird.) We ate at a little diner: Chicken pot pie, rutabaga and collard greens. It was super good! The courthouse and museum was impressive. Rod had never read the book so he was in ‘literary hell’. I tried to tell him the story but I saw the glazed over look and shut up. We stopped in a bookstore and talked books with the storeowner. I fell in love with her!! She just had Fannie Flagg for a book signing that weekend there….urrgghh! I would be happy to have a cot in the back room and live there forever! I asked her about finding the preverbal small southern town. Sadly, she said they really do not exist anymore. Most residents eat, work and shop in the larger cities. Most of the people work in the auto plants rather than farming. I rounded up Rod who was sitting outside. He enlightened me that the two guys in the store were gay. Why, I asked. “Because I heard onesay ‘she is just divine’ and other was wearing a scarf and it’s 90 degrees out!”….
We took off for Fairhope on the gulf. An Amazing super duper upscale place. Jimmy Buffet and Fannie Flagg live there. We couldn’t get a hotel so we ended up in Biloxi. Dinner was at the wildest bbq place. The Shed. The owner was a hoader so they got all his junk together, started bbqing and voila…..The Shack. It was on a tip from the hotel clerk and it was way off on a dark backroad. It was great food but I'm guessing it flys under the radar of the Miss health dept.
Tomorrow: New Orleans!