As you recall in December we went on an 18 day road trip from our home in Georgia to California and back. Now that we have had to get back, and settle back into the groove of work, its time to reflect, reminisce, and re-live our trip. Over the next few months I will be recounting our trip here.
The long first day saw us mainly driving from Georgia, across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and into Oklahoma. We overnighted the first night in Midwest City, OK.
The next day one of our first stops was the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City Oklahoma. We stop and visit the museum every time we come through because it’s always neat to see their collection. They have an indoor section you can visit for a small fee, but I really like walking the grounds and looked at all the windmills, farm equipment, and old store fronts.
Here is some video we shot while riding and camping in Talladega.
This weekend with the forecast calling for great weather, we decided to get the off road trailer out for the first shake down of 2018. I had a couple of places in mind, but ultimately decided to go over to Alabama to Talladega National Forest. We have been over there on several day trips, but never camped. I already had the campsite pictured in my head!!
Jeep and Trailer loaded… time to head out!
We made our way over to Alabama and started out on County Road 6000-1 which is on the southern end of the National Forest, off of Highway 148 west of Millerville. The first five miles or 6000-1 are pretty rough – especially for a vehicle pulling a trailer!
After you reach the point where the power lines cross the trail the road smooths out, with a little more gravel coverage. Apparently they maintain that portion of the road for the power company to access the lines. From that point on, there are several scenic overlooks along the route, and the one I had in mind was open with no one else there. I backed the trailer up into the spot and we started setting up camp.
This was our view!!
After a nice hot bowl of chili with Fritos, cheese, and sour cream for dinner, it was time to build a campfire and get ready to watch the sunset and take some astrophotography.
With the moon rising behind us and outshining most of the stars, it was time to call it a night. With our LED lights in the trailer, they give off enough light to read, or get gear situated prior to calling it a night.
The next day saw us getting up, eating some bacon and eggs, and then breaking down camp, and starting the ride home.
It was a great “first” camping trip of 2018 and we look forward to many more to come!
VIDEO to follow!