Delivery to Selma, Alabama
This past weekend I drove from my home in north Alabama to Selma, Alabama to deliver a painting for Selma’s ArtsRevive show. What I thought would be a fairly simple, straightforward trip turned into a history lesson + a vivid reminder that I do not know more than Google Maps. Here are a few of the highlights of my road trip:
- You really should look at a map BEFORE you get in your car.
- Just because you’ve lived in Alabama most of your life, you really should NOT assume that you know where Selma is.
- If, like me, you thought the famous “March to Montgomery” was a brief stroll because, the participants walked from Selma to Montgomery – you would be wrong. Dr. Martin Luther King and the other participants walked nearly 50 – that’s FIFTY – miles. Selma is NOT just down the street from Montgomery.
- You should turn on Google Maps on your phone BEFORE you’ve driven all the way to Montgomery. So you won’t have to get off the interstate and drive another freakin’ hour west and north of Montgomery to get to Selma.
Once I delivered the painting to the nice people at the ArtsRevive building, I drove from there to my sister’s house in Enterprise, Alabama to spend a couple of days with her. I hoped the travel lessons would be over by this point in my trip, that I could just drive straight from Selma to Enterprise. But, no, the travel adventures continued:
- Google Maps did not direct me straight back to the interstate, but had me leave Selma, traveling south and east on little two-lane roads through parts of Alabama that I’ve never heard of. Because I’d already proved to myself that Google Maps knew more than I did about traveling in my home state, I decided to trust Google. Good news – little to no traffic. Bad news – there’s little to no traffic because NO ONE lives there – miles and miles and miles across several counties – with NO people. And no gas stations.
- I kept thinking that I’d get to the outskirts of Montgomery eventually and planned to stop for gas then. I also planned to get back on the interstate in Montgomery, so I could take the roads I was familiar with to Enterprise. When I finally got to I-65, I got back on the interstate and kept heading south. This was not the way Google Maps told me I should travel – but what do they know anyway, right? It only took about 15 minutes for me to figure out that I was now way south of Montgomery. Unfortunately, I was on a part of the interstate where the exits are about 30 miles apart from each other. (Because, as I mentioned above, no one lives in this part of the state.)
- I finally got to the next exit, bought gas and decided, AGAIN, to stick to Google Maps and stop trying to rely on my own judgement about roads to travel. Greenville, Luverne, Haneyville, Brantley, Elba – all of them lovely, old southern-looking old towns. But still very sparsely populated. It took forever, but I finally made it to Enterprise.
My drive from Enterprise back north to my house was totally boring by comparison. No wrong turns. No more travel adventures or lessons to be learned on this trip. All due to my excellent road trip food:
No, I did not eat a dozen doughnuts on the way home. I only ate three and gave the rest to my family, when I got home. Dunkin Doughnuts for breakfast. Cheez-its for lunch. Carb-loading for travel pros like me.
***this post is lovingly dedicated to my friend KS, who’s been with me during previous road trip adventures.