Goodbye New Orleans, welcome to Mississippi...

Trip Start May 18, 2012
Trip End Jun 02, 2012

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Today we got up early (about 8) and hurried over to Central Market- home of the original Muffulatta, it is closed on Sunday and Monday so this was our only chance to get one. totally worth the wait. We got there just before they opened and were first in line. A Muffulatta is a sandwich with salami, pepperoni, ham, cheese and piled with an olives salad of sorts that is to die for.
After grabbing our prized possession and purchasing a couple of jars of olive salad and some beneit mix to take home with us we went back to our hotel to check out. We enjoyed New Orleans very much, some might even say a bit too much, but it is time to move on and we are both ready.
We went and picked up our car for the trip and got upgraded to a Mazda 3, not a bad car for the price and handles good. Before we left the parking lot we decided to make sure we knew how to open the gas lid. We ended up having to break out the owners manual to find it. All this new fangled gadgetry can be confusing. When we were in Maui, we had this problem of not being able to operate the lid to the gas, but didn't discover it until we really needed gas and sat there at the gas station for what seemed like forever before we figured it out, so this time we wanted to know where the button was BEFORE we needed it.
We managed to find our way to the interstate and got just outside of new Orleans and decided we wanted to stop at a grocery store to pick up beverages for the road and maybe some Cajun spices and whatnot. We jumped off I 10 in what looked like an area that had a store and stopped at a gas station to see if there was one nearby. Tod went in for directions. Not the best directions but were going to give it a try when an elderly man said " I am going to the Win Dixie, so y'all can just follow me", we thanked him and said that would be great. At one point he made the light and we didn't but when we went through the light, there he was on the side of the road waiting, talk about southern hospitality! We made it to the Win Dixie and thanked the man again. We picked up water, sodas, chips, and lots of Cajun spices, some red beans and rice seasoning ( my favorite) and headed back out on the road.
We were both starving but decided we would wait until we got to Mississippi to stop for lunch/breakfast. Not sure if we were so hungry because we had not eaten or if it was because of the smell of the Muffalattas in the backseat. We finally arrived in Mississippi after what felt like an eternity (in reality it was probably more like and hour or 2). We stopped at a rest stop and ate the most incredible sandwich on the face of the earth.... The Muffalatta !
After eating we went in to the welcome center where we talked to a nice lady who gave us booklets with all kinds of information on the state of Mississippi, we felt officially welcomed and headed out towards Gulfport. Once I saw the white sand beached my toes began to wriggle and Tod obliged me by stopping so I could get my toes in the sand. Ahhh beach I have missed you, even if at one point I didn't think there was a saltwater beach in Mississippi ;-)
We passed Biloxi and headed towards Mobile Alabama. When we arrived at the Alabama state line I saw a sign for the welcome center... But as we got closer we discovered it was closed. Bummer, no official welcome from Alabama.
After abut more driving, we saw a Hilton off I 65 so we stopped and got a room for the night. We laid around the pool for a while and just relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. Up next is a long driving day to Nashville.
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