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Old 10-20-2015, 06:02 AM   #1
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Gulf Shores, AL here we come!

Taking off Friday morning (retiring from IA DOC on Thursday) and starting our 1st snowbird trip. DW has planned the route so we're not on the road more than 200-250 miles each day so it'll take us several days to get to the gulf.

1st stop - Springfield, IL via I-80 to I-74 to I-55
2nd - Paducah, KY via I-55 to I-64 to I-57 to I-24 to US-68 to US-62
3rd - Athens, AL via I-24 to I-65
4th - Montgomery, AL via I-65
5th- Hello Bay Breeze RV on the Bay!

Staying at KOA campgrounds in Springfield & Paducah, then Northgate RV Travel Park in Athens, and Capital City RV Park in Montgomery. Anyone have any suggestions/comments on any of the above? We welcome any feedback of other snow birders out there.
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:03 AM   #2
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No suggestions as I'm west coast and haven't done any east coast traveling yet. But wanted to say Congrats on your retirement! Enjoy!
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Old 10-20-2015, 01:37 PM   #3
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Congrats but take your time! You have all the time in the world. Spend two or three days at each site. All that set up and move out is too much for just a sleepover.
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Old 10-20-2015, 07:09 PM   #4
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Paducah is just over an hour from me. Beautiful area. KY Lake and Land Between The Lakes is very nice. Depending on how much time you have, you may wish to reconsider your KOA stop.
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Old 10-20-2015, 08:27 PM   #5
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Paducah is a nice town. Tim is right in saying that Land Between the Lakes is a really nice federal park if you have time to check it out. Canal Campground is a COE campground in Grand Rivers, KY at the northern tip of LBL and is only about 25 or 30 miles east of Paducah. Patti's 1880s is located in Grand Rivers as well, and is well worth checking out. Reservations are typically necessary for dinner, but it is definitely worth it. There are a couple more nice campgrounds located inside LBL: Hillman's Ferry and Piney.

As for Gulf Shores, if you like seafood, Desoto's Seafood House is by far the best seafood in the area. There is a really nice state park in Gulf Shores as well.

If you aren't just dead set on going down I-65, I would suggest taking US 45 down through Mississippi. It is four lane all the way through MS, and you will only have about 40 miles of two lane between the AL border and Mobile. It is MUCH faster because there is very little traffic compared to I-65. That's your call. I had never taken the US45 route until this past summer, but it's definitely the way to go.
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:48 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the comments and suggestions...the countdown to Friday continues. Planning to spend an extra day in Springfield to visit the Lincoln museum and DW wants to see a quilt museum in Paducah, but had no plans to do anything else before we hit the beach. But that Land Between the Lakes sounds like it's definitely worth the time. We'll see how much of this rain follows us down south.

Haven't visited my sister in Gulf Shores for a while so hadn't heard of Desoto's - another addition to the list - thanks!

Our route isn't cast in stone - yet - but if I'm not mistaken, Mike, isn't there a tunnel on I-10 that links Mobile to the east side of the bay? Not sure about that.

Speaking of lists, Steve, we haven't made it to the West Coast yet either but it's on our bucket list once we get used to 5th wheeling.

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We stayed here last summer on our way to Destin, Fl. Really nice park.

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Paducah is a nice town. Tim is right in saying that Land Between the Lakes is a really nice federal park if you have time to check it out. Canal Campground is a COE campground in Grand Rivers, KY at the northern tip of LBL and is only about 25 or 30 miles east of Paducah. Patti's 1880s is located in Grand Rivers as well, and is well worth checking out. Reservations are typically necessary for dinner, but it is definitely worth it. There are a couple more nice campgrounds located inside LBL: Hillman's Ferry and Piney.
Patti's 1880 is a great place for lunch. Always busy but no reservations needed for lunch. Go hungry. There house specialty is a 2 inch pork chop! Delicious! You could take wife to the quilt museum and then to Patti's for lunch or dinner. She would love it. You would love the eats. Quilts are not my thing, but a Man has to do what a Man has to do.
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Thanks for all the comments and suggestions...the countdown to Friday continues. Planning to spend an extra day in Springfield to visit the Lincoln museum and DW wants to see a quilt museum in Paducah, but had no plans to do anything else before we hit the beach. But that Land Between the Lakes sounds like it's definitely worth the time. We'll see how much of this rain follows us down south.

Haven't visited my sister in Gulf Shores for a while so hadn't heard of Desoto's - another addition to the list - thanks!

Our route isn't cast in stone - yet - but if I'm not mistaken, Mike, isn't there a tunnel on I-10 that links Mobile to the east side of the bay? Not sure about that.

Speaking of lists, Steve, we haven't made it to the West Coast yet either but it's on our bucket list once we get used to 5th wheeling.

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Yes, there is a tunnel. I thought about that after I went to bed last night. We didn't take the camper this summer and were in a Suburban, but I do think that tunnel may have limited clearance. You might be able to check it out online to be sure. There was a lot of road work on I65 back in the summer around Birmingham that was causing long delays, so that is why we decided to try the US45 route.
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I use the tunnel twice a year towing the TT, no issues.
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