Florida-Birmingham (projected)/LaGrange (actual)

Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
Trip End Jul 12, 2010

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Gainesville-Birmingham, AL (projected)/LaGrange, GA (actual)

We started off with a relaxing morning at Cat's house. Then we went to investigate the nature of Florida with Izzie (Cat’s cute lab mix doggie!), who I was hoping would fend off any gators if we saw them, luckily this was not an issue. The swampy nature path that we decided to take was well… swampy, probably infested with gators ready to jump out and attack at any moment. Once we got to a point where the trail itself became a swamp, it was time to turn around. Izzie was not satisfied with this walk, so once we got back to the house we enjoyed another walk around the neighborhood.

All of this walking got us THRISTAYYY! And by that we mean hungry. For Mexican. Cat said this was the best cuisine in the area. Not only was the food good, but the prices were great, (Mexico Lindo was the name?) Mary chose the beef quesadilla and I chose the chicken chimichanga. I was not crazy about the chicken, but Cat liked it and traded her steak enchiladas for the second half of my chimichanga. The enchiladas were excellent, I totally made out with the better deal in that trade.

After lunch we were on the road again, destined for Birmingham, Alabama. While in the Deep South of George we came across a town square with a few antique shops. We decided to stop and were very impressed with the cheap prices and homey fare. It was sad that we wouldn’t be able to fit some of the bigger pieces in the car or be able to bring them on a plane. So we went to get back into the car.

Mary turns the key and NOTHING!!!! UH OH! Let’s try again… nothing again. The third time wasn’t a charm either. So we called AAA. We figured out that AAA would tow us up to 100 miles free; luckily I have a cousin in Lagrange, GA (which was exactly 100.2 miles away). 

After a few minutes in the broken down car we realized that it was getting hot. To escape the heat we attempted to go back into Chit Chat Café, the antique shop/ café that we were just in, only to find out that it was closed. Once the owner realized that we were stranded, she graciously opened the door and told us to make ourselves at home while we waited for the tow truck. Again we were impressed with the southern hospitality.

However, this took a different turn when we met our tow truck driver. The first few sentences that came out of his mouth were "pop the hood", “crank her up”, “follow me back to the shop to see if the battery fails”. And it did. Once we loaded it onto the truck and got in he began with this charming statement… “there aren’t as many N****’s up north where you are from are there?” Oh boy. At this point we knew it would be an interesting ride up to Lagrange. Mary managed to get a few chuckles out of this man (who was probably about 90 and definitely set in his ways), which made us both more comfortable. That is, until he started talking about how he believes everyone should carry a loaded gun, (in their car, on their person) then the nerves rose again. Luckily we made it to Lagrange safely.

When I got out of the truck to meet Marc the driver turned to Mary and said, “That must be her boyfriend!”, Mary then informed him that “No they are relatives.” However, Marc later pointed out that these two things might not be mutually exclusive where the driver comes from, haha. And that was our interaction with someone that was REALLY from the south!

It was great seeing Marc, who had a great home cooked meal ready for us when we arrived. It’s times like these that I really love having a family that I can count on without worry. Because my family is so spread out, it is rare that we get to see each other, so it was great catching up! 
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