Day 2 (Thursday, 22 December)- Shreveport, LA to Bremen, GA (approx 550 miles). Day 2, I was much more relaxed from the a) several hours of practice the previous day and b) exhaustion. Once out of Shreveport, La was lovely. Hit rush hour traffic in Birmingham, which would have been a bad thing...except that the twisted noodle who designed/labeled Birmingham's interchanges made them so back & forthy and twisted that there's no way I would have ended up on the correct road at high speed. Got to Bremen (my designated stopping-place for the night) and couldn't find the Great Western Inn anywhere. None of the townspeople had heard of it. Information (411) had no information on it either. And Troll, who had made the reservation, was unreachable. After much driving around and asking people, I sat in a grocery store parking lot and cried in exhausted frustration, trying Troll's phone every few minutes. Finally reached him; he found the number, called the hotel, and directed me to it. Turned out that they've only recently bought the place, and haven't changed any of the signage yet. It was, essentially, next door to the parking lot I'd been sitting in for the last hour. ::fumes::
Fortunately, the place was lovely & peaceful. No net access here, either; I was too tired to care. I had a wonderful bath, dabbed on some Khephra to test and slept wonderfully. Woke up kinda late and very nearly stayed another night.
(to be continued)