A Slower Way of Life
06.03.2013 - 13.03.2013
Hello from Red Bay Alabama,
After Tucumcari New Mexico we drove East on I-40 through Amarillo, Oklahoma City and Little Rock but we only spent one night in each city with our goal being getting to Red Bay Alabama as soon as we could to get in line for service at the Tiffin factory.
We arrived here in Red Bay on Wednesday night but were unable to secure any services Thursday or Friday. The factory only schedules appointments for warranty service issues. Everyone else must get in line for service. While they do have a large number of service bays there seems to be an even larger number of motorhomes waiting for service. We were promised we could get in on Monday so we have had some time to checkout the local sites and attractions. I off loaded the motorcycle and have been able to ride it a bit through the countryside. After all the problems bringing it presented in the early part of our trip I was regretting bringing it but now that I can enjoy it I think it was all worth it.
We are in the far North West corner of Alabama. The Mississippi state line is only about 2 miles to the West and the Tennessee state line is only about 60 miles North. We took a trip to Tishomingo State Park across in Mississippi. It was beautiful and they had a wide open grassy area where we let Watson run. He really enjoyed it. We did too until he decided to lay down in a mud puddle.
Above are a couple of pictures of the state park and the lake in the center. It was early in the season and a weekday so we were just about the only ones there.
The next day we went for a tour of the Tiffin factory. We learned a lot about how they manufacture these motorhomes. Having spent so much of our careers in our own factory and touring so many other factories around the world we were excited to see how this one compared. It was, not surprisingly like many other things in Alabama, kinda Casual. You could tell by the areas we were allowed to walk through they were not overly concerned with law suits as we were allowed to walk over electrical cords and air hoses and the like. We could also take all the pictures we liked of anything they were doing. I liked it.
Here are some pictures of the Tiffin factory
Over the weekend we drove out to a neat place near Red Bay called the Rattlesnake Saloon. It is made into a natural cave formation in the rocks. While it was over the county line so they could serve alcohol we learned they don’t serve any until 5 PM so our lunch was a burger and a coke but the ambiance was really cool.
Here is the outdoor dining and band stand for the restaurant in the cave. They have a pickup that ferries people from the parking lot down a dirt road to the cave / restaurant.
We saw these signs on the road for “Coon Dog Cemetery” so we had to check it out. Just as you might imagine it is a cemetery for coon dogs beloved by their owners and had been in existence since 1937.
Here are a few pictures from the cemetery.
We both really like the blues so we thought…….wait a minute…..we are very close to Muscle Shoals the birthplace of the blues so we set out to find some live blues music Saturday night. We failed! As it turns out there really isn't any live blues music in the birthplace of the blues. We did find some live music however, We drove to Florence Alabama to hear a lady from Nashville named Anne E. DeChant. She writes her own music and we enjoyed hearing her perform even if wasn't the blues we were hoping for.
Here is Anne performing in Florence Alabama
As I was writing this entry I received a phone call telling me that we are scheduled to have the motor home in service bay #32 tomorrow morning at 6:45AM. Everyone around here seems to pride themselves on getting up early. The factory starts work every day at 6AM. At this age I pride myself on being able to stay up late
OK one funny picture that I have no explanation for. Today as I was riding my motorcycle through the rural countryside I drove by this house with this Egyptian statue out front. No idea of its significance but it did seem pretty out of place to me.
Well I guess if I am supposed to get up and have the motor home over there at 6:45 in the morning I better sign off. We are certainly hoping to get all this work done this week and begin heading for Texas to see all of the family and friends we have been looking forward to.
Until next time…..See Y’all