This travelogue report covers my journey on Monday, September 7th, from Jonesboro, Arkansas to Dothan, Alabama. The following map shows my route for this day’s nearly 9-hour journey of 499 miles, once again under a bright sunny sky the entire distance.
After breakfast at the Super-8 motel in Jonesboro, I departed at 8:19 AM CDT and rode southeast along US-63 towards Memphis, TN. The scenery did not inspire me to take any photos until I reached and crossed the Mississippi River via the I-55 Memphis & Arkansas Bridge. This first photo shows the view across the river towards the south. The second photo shows the structure of the bridge. Unfortunately I missed the sign welcoming me into Tennessee.
On the east end of the bridge, I-55 turns south. I continued straight ahead onto E.H. Crump Blvd, through Memphis to Lamar Ave, which runs south and becomes US-78 at I-240. A short distance south of Memphis, I reached the Mississippi state line and took this photo of the welcome sign.
I continued in a southeasterly direction along US-78 as far as Tupelo, MS, where I turned south onto US-45 to Columbus, MS. From Columbus I continued along US-82 through Tuscaloosa, AL to Prattville, AL. Just southeast of Columbus, I crossed the Alabama state line and missed taking a photo of its welcome sign.
In southwestern Montgomery, US-31 intersects US-80 and I then followed it along the southern side until reaching US-231. I continued south along US-231 until I reached my destination in Dothan, AL at 5:21 PM CDT.
After checking into the Econo Lodge motel and unloading my luggage, I walked across the highway to the nearby Outback Steakhouse, where I enjoyed a very nice dinner along with a nicely chilled beer. Since I had previously stayed at this same motel on July 20, 2014 during my summer tour that year, I had been looking forward to stopping there again.
That concludes this travelogue report for September 7th. The next day I completed my journey home. More about that day’s journey along with concluding remarks in my next report.