Our goal was to be in Rainbow Plantation near Foley, Alabama in time for Thanksgiving again, however, we had to time our stay in Auburn around the home football games. Thus we had just a week to make the trip to the Gulf coast. We could either stay a week somewhere halfway to the coast or split the week with two shorter stops. Since we have found that we really prefer traveling 2-3 hours to our next destination, we decided to split the week. Therefore, our next stop was Troy, Alabama which is less than 2 hours south of Auburn. You can either travel I-85 to Montgomery and then south on US 231 to Troy which would all be 4-lane highway or you can simply head south on US 29. The interstate is definitely longer but does not take much more time, however, I was very familiar with US 29 traveling to Forestry Summer Camp near Andalusia every summer for a lot of years. So we decided to take another trip down memory lane and take US 29, which also missed the traffic through Montgomery. As expected, the trip took less than 2 hours and we were set up in Deer Run RV Park just north of Troy on US 231. We found Deer Run to be one of the nicer RV parks we have stayed in, especially since we had a pull-through site with a concrete pad. There was even a small brick porch off the side of the RV and cable TV. We opted to stay in the older part of the park which meant we were right alongside the highway, which was noisy at times. However, we were within easy walking distance of the bathrooms and laundry facilities that had a nice porch with rocking chairs.
We really did not have plans for the three nights we would be staying here except for doing the laundry and cleaning the RV, which we did on Wednesday. We did spend a couple of hours on Tuesday driving north towards Montgomery to shop at Sikes and Kohns. This is a western clothing store that we used to shop frequently when we traveled between Bainbridge, Georgia and Birmingham. However, since moving to Auburn over 25 years ago, I can’t remember making the trip, although we did talk about it. It has been a long time and the store has certainly changed a lot, although they still sold jeans, boots, and western style shirts and accessories at good prices. Kal finally found another pair of Timberland hiking boots to replace hers that are starting to come apart.