8. New Orleans to Birmingham, Alabama

Day eight was a rest from adventures, a six hour journey from New Orleans to Birmingham. We passed Lake Pontchartrain on I-10 then went northeast on Highway 59 through Mississippi to Meridian. The highway was lined with trees that blocked the view of the countryside. Getting off the highway for lunch, we travelled through small rural towns and rolling hills green from the recent thunderstorms. Back on the road after lunch, we entered Alabama near Livingston on I-20. Interstate driving provided the same view of rolling hills and trees that blocked the view of the farms and small towns. Continuing northeast we reached Leeds outside of Birmingham in the early afternoon, just enough time to find a Laundromat. A fellow senior citizen provided some security while she washed and folded clothes for some customers. Within an hour she provided insights into everyday life in the neighborhood. She seemed content with her simple life working for the Laundromat's owner. Finishing our laundry chores, we repacked our clothes and checked the Prius's GPS for directions to a Burger King. A teenage boy waited on us and offered a special senior discount. We must have looked old and tired after traveling and doing laundry. A couple of Whoppers and another night's rest at a Best Western Plus would sustain us for tomorrow's adventures.

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