After 10 good days here, it is time to get back on the road.
Goodbye Charles and Agnes, it was a pleasure to see you again and we
hope to see you again soon.
Even before we got on the interstate we saw this guy walking his ...
There is a lot of French names in southern Louisiana.
Water is everywhere in southern Louisiana.
We stopped a Camping World to purchase a propane campfire. More
details in the next few weeks.
Mississippi are just like Louisiana, not in great shape. We have
to be very careful when we open cabinets because everything has moved
compare to normal.
A soon as we are in Mississippi we leave behind I-10 and use US-90 and
travel along the beach by the Mississippi sound.
We finally get to the beach and the white sand.
Our new home in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The RV park has a gas fire pit that is on every night.
This white post is where all your hook-ups are located, except sewer
off course. Really neat and make it look very clean.
Ready for the evening...
It is a nice RV park.
Wednesday April 2, 2014
During our walk in the RV park we came across this alligator. The
pool is not heated, but still not too bad.
The free internet is actually very fast.
Biloxi is more of a resort town with all the beach type of stores.
The Biloxi lighthouse. It has withstood many storms, but Katrina
damaged it, but it was repaired.
On August 29th, 2005, hurricane Katrina
slammed into Biloxi and the Gulf coast. All the casinos
Here is one being demolished to make room for a future casino.
One of the many fishing pier.
Biloxi has a very rich history.
Charles sent me an email with a picture of a crawfish laying in the
corner where I was sitting last night.
He mentioned that I probably have "dropped" by accident!
I am looking at the photo and trying to figure out how it could have
Thursday April 3, 2014
The Sharkheads was re-built, it sells all kinds of beach stuff.
We are at the information center to get on the train tour of Biloxi.
One thing that surprised us, all the parking along the beach are free!
This Canadian hero played and important role in the gulf coast region.
We are in the "Biloxi
Tour Train" with Carla, she is our driver as well as our guide for
the tour. We are getting the usual directive before we hit the
The train is actually a jeep pulling two trailers behind.
We are on the one o'clock tour, but first let me tell you about
timing. The train arrived 15 minutes after one, but on the
positive side, the tour is for 90 minutes, but if it takes longer, oh
well! It turns out our tour was two hours long.
I guess when you live by the beach, time is different!
The plate house! Really!
During one of our many stops, I noticed this pole with all the tar
melted from it and laying on the sidewalk. It must be some hot in
the summer to do this.
City hall with the mayor, A.J.Holloway, he has been in office since
1993 and he is on his sixth term. This is his last term because
he wants to retire, he is 75 years old. Our guide stopped in
front of his office and made us yell "Hey A.J." and usually he comes
out , but he was not in his office today.
Everybody loves him. One time he had to make wage cuts for the
city employee so he started with himself and gave up his $90,000.00
salary for one year. I do not know any politician who did
that. The world needs more like him.
The Katrina Memorial.
Just to give an idea of how high the water got, the surge touched the
ceiling of the second floor and the wind blew everything out of the
On the left photo, you can see the blue line on the pole that is how
high the water was. On the right photo, there is a sign stating
how high the water got in this area.
This street is 8.2 meter or 27 feet above sea level and there was still
three feet of water on the street.
The fishing industry is very strong on the gulf coast.
90 % of all buildings by the beach were destroyed.
Between the big live oaks were big mansion from the turn of the
century, all gone now.
The chimney is all that is left from the mansion that was there!
This house is the only house that survived and is located right across
the street from the beach.
This witch weather vane has survived over 100 years of hurricanes, even
The Hard Rock Cafe Casino was heavily damaged from Katrina, but the
guitar was hardly damaged. It was protected from the strong wind
by the building itself.
If you ever go by Biloxi, I strongly encourage you to do the tour and
you will learn a lot about this city and the Mississippi gulf coast.
The beach with its white sand.
Our site, we have had better and worse.
We had a pleasant surprised, our neighbors are Bill and Crissy whom we
meet at Lee's RV park in Florida a few years back.
What are the chance of being on the same RV park, but right next to
We are pretty happy to meet them again and we had a lot of catching up
The crawfish story continues.
I replied back to Charles email and asked him from which bag did the
crawfish really come from?
I think he is just pulling my leg.
Friday April 4, 2014
Bill and Crissy are leaving this morning. Have a good trip back
home and drive safe.
The information center has a small museum and like many museums here in
Biloxi, it is free!
One of the sculpture made out of pieces of wood found on the beach.
It is a good little museum and tells the history of Biloxi through time.
Our neighbor belong to an antic car club. They are very generous
with their time and show you everything you want to look at and even
asked me if I wanted a photo with me in the car! WOW!
Another very good day.
In the last few days I did a lot of biking and walking on the beach.
The crawfish story continues.
I got another email from Charles with a crawfish in a different
location this time!
I finally get it, it was April Fool's day on Tuesday. Charles,
you got me!
Saturday April 5, 2014
The forecast for today is colder and miserable all day with some rain
We are staying home.
Our neighbors are leaving for a ride.
We are looking at our next stop and planning our route.
Sunday April 6, 2014
It is warmer today (+21 C) and the humidity is back, but the rain is
with us most of the day.
Off to the mall to check it out.
Our plans are for us to stay in Mobile for a few days and after that on
to Birmingham, the capital of Alabama.
Monday April 7, 2014
The Hard Rock Cafe Casino offers a free buffet when you register for
the first time. We are in!
The buffet is really free, a $12.95 value.
We ate like p%#@.
Here is a sample of our plates. Many trips and a chance to taste
We did spend a few dollars in the casino, a big $3.00.
Then we went back home and could not move we were so full!
A nice sunset.
We must be good people because all around Biloxi (100 km) there are big
thunderstorms and we get nothing!
Tuesday April 8, 2014
Departure day. We will travel on US-90 for the first part and
then back on the interstate 10.
For about an hour we travel by the Gulf of Mexico.
The US-90 is just plain perfect.
We wonder what they sell?
Just like Texas, the oil industry is very active here and again, nobody
is freaking out about it! Not like Canada!
A few hours later we are at our new home in Mobile for a few days.
It does not matter how long you pull the car behind the motorhome, you
still have to wash it ASAP to remove all the sand and dirt on the
windows to keep them from scratching.
We spend the afternoon thrift shop hopping.
Wednesday April 9, 2014
Since we are spending only two nights here in Mobile, we decide to go
to the beach at Dauphin Island and the Gulf of Mexico.
I just love it when trees are all the way across the road.
The bridges are so high along the coast.
Look at those cute little house, and then we see them sideways.
They are very small indeed!
We drive the Beach Road with all the houses on stilts. They had a
lot of rain in the last few days.
We have to walk on the beach and get our feet wet. The water is
nice at 65 F. The wind has a bite to it, but it is very nice
We had an hour long walk, ahhhhh!
We are back home. This is what it looks like. This is
primarily a mobile home park with a few spot for RV. It is very
clean and well-kept.
At $15 a night with all services and internet, it is nice.
While taking a stroll in the park, we came upon one of the new mobile
home being installed and noticed that they all have anchor points all
around. Must be to protect them from tornado!
Two nights is a little to short, so next time we come by this way we
will probably stay one week, we will see!
Thursday April 10, 2014
We are on our way north to Birmingham, Alabama. About a six hour
drive for us.
We just love all the French names we see all along the roads.
Shortly after we left Mobile we got off the I-50 and took US-43 north.
As we mentioned before, we prefer the secondary roads to the
Interstates, more to see and a lot less traffic.
Speaking of things to see, we came across this catfish farm.
More we travel north, more the land changes to low hills.
Our new home is in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham. Our RV park is
actually part of the Hoover Baseball Stadium.
They converted a part of the parking lot into an RV park. It is
full services and free, fast internet for only $160 a week, not bad at
Our site for the next week...
The forecast is for good weather for the next few days.
Friday April 11, 2014
Our first visit in Birmingham is at the Birmingham Civil Right
Institute (B.C.R.I.), a walk through history.
Our friends Charles and Agnes recommended this museum.
Sadly we could not take any photos inside.
The museum is divided in six galleries, the barriers gallery, the
confrontation gallery, movement gallery, the milestones gallery, the
human right gallery and finally the Richard Arrington, JR, resource
Here we are at the entrance of the B.C.R.I.
We are in front of the B.C.R.I. where it relates the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955 -
It is simply unbelievable to see this happened, not 200 years ago, but
a little over 50 years ago!
The 16th Street Baptist Church where many bombs were
exploded to stop the desegregation. This is also where a bomb
killed four 14 years old black girls. Again, so much we do
not know about our history and the one of our neighbor.
The Kelly Ingram park in front of the B.C.R.I. is where many of the
sit-ins and other peaceful demonstration took place.
A statue of Martin Luther King, one of the leaders in the non-violent
movement for desegregation of the south.
This statue is dedicated to all the young people who lost there lives
during the demonstration.
L to R, James Bevel, Martin Luther King and Fred Shuttlesworth.
This statue is taken from a real event that was photographed.
This one represents when the young people were "attacked" with
firefighter high-pressure water hoses.
"I ain't afraid of your jail" was what the young school student took to
the street and were put in prisons, all 1200 of them.
Today in the parking lot of the stadium is the "Color
Me Rad" race.
It almost looks like a party. The runners cover themselves with
coloured corn starch and run/walk a 5 k race to raise money for a
locale charity. In this case, it is for the Ronald MacDonald's
house in Birmingham.
This kind of race is also taking places in major cities in Canada,
People from all walk of life, some are even wearing costumes.
One of the many stations where the runners get "splashed" with more
In the distance you can see a yellow station.
A nice sunny day with a +28 C.
Michèle spent the day shopping in Thrift Shops. I just stayed
home a did some serious reading.
Sunday April 13, 2014
Another beautiful day ahead of us. So, we are off to the Vulcan
Park of Birmingham.
This park is located on the south-east part of Birmingham on one of the
many hills surrounding Birmingham.
The statue was built for the St.Louis World's Fair in Missouri.
After the fair, it was brought back to Birmingham and placed on to of
The museum tells the story of the city of Birmingham since 1871.
It was also named the "Magic City"
What the inside of Vulcan..
Need I say more!
Another view of Vulcan.
During restoration of 1971 an elevator was added.
Once we are on the platform we have a very good view of the city of
Birmingham and the surrounding towns.
Just in front of the museum a map of the locale area is carved and
shows the city of Birmingham and area.
The visit only took us a little over an hour.
The forecast for tomorrow is rain and thunderstorms. It will be a
day of rest.
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum has more than 1200 motorcycles in
its collection, but only about 600 are in the museum at any given time.
The museum also has the largest collection of Lotus race cars in the
The racetrack with its 3.83 km and 16 turns is the site of the Indy Car
Series races since 2010.
The red arrow indicates the museum.
Even the road signs are all related to racing.
This is the first thing you see when you come in the museum.
After you pay, the next thing is this motorcycle...
The lady at the reception recommends I start the visit on the 5th floor
and work your way down the museum.
Unbelievable the amount of motorcycles!
I am not going to repeat what the signs say, so you have some reading
This motorcycle has the throttle on the left hand handle so the soldier
can fire his weapon!!!
You can see the basement and all the cars that are finished or still
being worked on.
It is off-limit to the public...
Even the top of the elevator has a racing car on it.
It is not a real one, the tiger and the policeman!.
I am not sure if I would want to try it!
An Erie 1905, a Shaw 1909 and a Marsh 1905.
The early version of the French vélo-solex.
Check out the belt drive.
Another look at the basement. At each corner of the elevator you
have 15 motorcycles from the basement to the ceiling.
Between each floor you have like a tree made up of motorcycles.
From the Indian motorcycle manufacturer . The Papoose.
A folding motorcycle?
A motorcycle wall.
The only car that is not a racing car.
Again, the basement.
I came out of the museum after three hours. I really loved this
museum even if I am not into motorcycles.
If you are ever in the Birmingham area for a few days, I would
recommend you come here for a visit.