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The city of Dallas is Texas’ third largest city, and the largest city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Downtown Dallas at dusk. Drumguy8800 [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
It’s the basis for the television show Dallas. I still remember the opening where the plane flew over Texas Stadium with the hole in the roof and the Dallas Cowboys font in the endzone.

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The Dallas Trip — Part 1 — Tampa to Tallahassee

In October of 2016, we embarked on our first major road trip since the start of Take The Highway.

We visited some friends in Dallas and had planned to do so since the summer.  Do we fly there?  Drive there?  Take Amtrak there?

We crunched numbers and decided driving was the way to go.  We rented a vehicle, which I will review later in the article.

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The George Wallace Tunnel

Not long after entering Alabama on Interstate 10 is the City of Mobile, a port city of almost 200,000.  Right after mile marker 35 is a long bridge crossing Mobile Bay.  Signs warn trucks carrying potential hazardous material to exit at Government Street, then take the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge three miles upstream.

Also a good idea in the event of an accident in the tunnel.

Otherwise, the tunnel awaits…

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Scenic Highway — Florida State Road 17

State Road 17 is known as Scenic Highway, an interesting showcase of Florida.  Some ‘Old Florida’ remains.

(Want more ‘Old Florida?’  Click here.)

Before the widening of US Highway 27 in Polk and Highlands County, 27 took a different route.  As a two-lane road, it wound through the hills, lakes, and orange groves of the area.

The new highway configuration left behind the center of several small towns as the new highway passed just to the west.

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