Franklin, KY to Lower Alabama
Summerdale, AL - Events of Wednesday, October 19 to Friday, October 21, 2016
As we said in our last post, we had to expand our travel time to Lower Alabama from 5 days to 6 because we had to stop short on day 3 due to the bearing failure. After the bearing was repaired on Tuesday, we started out on leg 4 on Wednesday morning. We pulled off twice during the three-hour drive for Paul to check hub and brake rotor temperatures using his infrared thermometer. The temperatures on the wheel that had been repaired ran about the same as all the others both times we pulled off and when we made our final stop for the day at Cullman Campground in Cullman, Alabama.
Cullman Campground has about 75 sites, most of which are pull-throughs, all with full hookups and 20/30/50-amp electric. Although the paved roads are narrow, there seems to be enough room to maneuver just about everywhere even though you may end up driving on the grass here and there. The sites are gravel. Our site was not level side to side and it was narrower than most.
Cullman Campground is located about 1½ miles from the interstate at the end of a dead end road, so it is very quiet - at least it was when we were there during the week. There are a lot of seasonals so it could be noisy on weekends.
When you call Cullman Campground for reservations, they warn you to follow campground signs after you make the final turn off the main road and NOT to follow your GPS because most GPS systems take you down a gravel road. Although the so-called main road is quite narrow and bumpy, the gravel road is worse, and it also has numerous low-hanging tree branches.
There is free Wi-fi, but it was useless when we first arrived in the afternoon even though the campground wasn't anywhere near full. We had a hard time even connecting to it, and when we did, websites either wouldn't load or we would get dumped off again. The Wi-fi was okay up until about 7:30 the following morning, but then it bogged down again. Obviously, their Wi-fi is woefully inadequate for more than a few users. Fortunately, there is a good Verizon signal at the campground. Our cost at Cullman Campground was around $25 for the night.
We pulled out of Cullman on Thursday morning for a drive of about three-hours to our next overnight stop at The Woods RV Park in Montgomery, Alabama. We made a couple of extra stops on this leg to monitor temperatures again, and the hub and rotor on the wheel that was repaired was stayed about the same as all the others.
The Woods has somewhat dusty gravel roads and gravel pads. The sites are all long, level pull-throughs, and the spacing is pretty decent for a private campground. All the sites have full-hookups with 20/30/50-amp electric. There is free cable and free Wi-fi that was fairly fast and reliable, and there is also a good Verizon 4G signal. The Woods is no longer honors the Passport America discount, but they do offer 10% off for Good Sam members so our final cost was about $31 including tax.
On Friday, we headed out on the last leg of our journey to Lower Alabama. At about 3½ hours, this leg was a little longer than the first two. We again monitored temperatures along the way, and everything was fine.
We used to always stay at the Escapees Rainbow Plantation when we went to Lower Alabama, but the last couple of times we stayed at Coastal Haven up the road. We like Coastal Haven because of its paved pads and somewhat more convenient location, but this time we decided to go back to Rainbow Plantation because it was a little less expensive for our 10-day stay, especially after our expensive RV repair, and because it's a little quieter.
In addition to the RV campground that has about 100 sites with full hookups and either 20/30-amp or 20/30/50-amp electric ($2 extra a night), Rainbow Plantation also has co-op sites and deeded lots. The campground sites are all wide, unpaved back-ins. There are live oak trees between most of the sites, and the trees have gotten pretty big over the years and now block satellite reception on many of the sites. The heavy shade also means many sites have little or no grass where the RVs normally park, and the sandy dirt outside your door can get quite messy if it rains. Fortunately, there was no rain in the 10-day forecast. Our cost at Rainbow Plantation was around $21 a night including tax.
After we arrived and got set up, we went out to lupper at LA Barbecue. We usually like to relax and not do much on the day we arrive at a new location, but we have so many favorite places to eat in Lower Alabama we figured we had better get started. Not only that, but the fact we enjoyed the barbecue so much at Wildfire BBQ in Franklin a few days prior made us hungry for more.
LA Barbecue has all the usual goodies - pulled pork, smoked chicken, ribs and brisket, but we always get pulled pork. In addition to sandwiches with one side for around $6, there are lunch plates for $7.29 and dinner plates for $9.99 that include two sides. We both had dinner plates with cole slaw and potato salad. Everything was yummy.
We relaxed over the weekend, and prepared to hit some more restaurants the following week. Stay tuned.