Took a 3000 mile road trip around the Deep South last Spring. Here are some takeaways:
-Deep sixed our original plan to drive there from California and chose instead to fly to Atlanta and rent a car for a big loop. Brilliant call: saved a long drive there and back which would have limited our time in the South, and car rental without a drop-off fee turned out to be crazy cheap. Got a brand new Altima with leather, great stereo and all the latest safety gizmos for less than $30/day.
-Bring along a navigator skilled in Google. Highlights of the trip included
lots of unexpected cool stuff off the highway and some of the most insanely great lunch stops ever. If you take nothing else away from this, take this: Pearl’s Diner in Laurel, MS.
-Don’t plan stops unless you have to. We were able to rejigger our itinerary when Ms. Google discovered along the way that Loretta Lynn’s Birthday Concertemphasized text was being held in Nashville a couple of days before we originally planned to get there. A few magical swipes on her smart phone later we had tix for what turned out to be a phenomenal show and a hotel nearby.
-On a long trip, an AirBnB in the middle can be really, really nice. After two weeks of lots of stops and lots of hotels and restaurant meals, we spent five nights in a very comfy apartment in the Garden District of New Orleans. As soon as we got there we picked up some groceries and made dinner at “home”. Plus breakfast most days. Plus a couple of nights of relaxing and reading or just watching tv. Most important: laundry. By the time we left we were totally psyched for more hotels, restaurants and those blue, blue highways,