Parades and football

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
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Trip End Sep 04, 2013


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Flag of United States  , Alabama
Saturday, January 5, 2013

We left Ft Myers and travelled along the coast The Gulf of Mexico, so good to be seeing the coast. Beaches still not as beautiful as Australia. They can certainly build roads and bridges over here. Any expanse they will cross it, puts Australia to shame. We still have our main highway with still only 2 lanes in some places and we cant even get around Kempsey or Coffs Harbour. We should have let the yanks build our roads during WW11. We passed through lovely coastal villages and stayed the night at Apalachicola, such a lovely town with so much history. Obviously not too many people travel the coast road. People kept saying how did you folks find us!!! hello we get off the freeway and see places. Apparently when the yellow fever epidemic hit here in 1905 the local doctor housed his patients in a room with a type of negative pressure. He pumped the air in and had a ceiling fan which pushed it down to be sucked out by another line. He was the first perso to invent air conditioning and when he checked the outlet ice had formed around. The first man made ice. Thats what the local historian told me!! We headed onto Mobile Alabama. Arrived into a very quiet city with barracades down streets and police on every corner. We though there must be a shooting or a bomb threat but no arrived on the eve of Mardi Gras plus the local college football team The Wolves were playing Kansas State. Within 2 hours the place was packed, streets wall to wall people. The parade came right past the pub we were in. The people went crazy they are football fanatics. The college bands went past plus the cheer squads was just like the movies. The people here are so family orientated and patriotic especially in the smaller towns. It was a shame to still see the segregation though. School bands either all black or all white and the same with the cheer squads. I guess its the deep south and some things never change.
We had a great night with the locals and came back to the hotel covered in necklaces.
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