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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Introducing Take The Highway’s Product Line

We are pleased to announce the beginning of a Take The Highway product line.

Click the banner to enter our online store, powered by Zazzle

We are currently offering two different designs of shirts, coffee cups, phone cases, and mouse pads.  Keep checking back, as we will continue to expand our inventory!


Hurricane Irma Evacuation

As the forecast cone for Irma shifts east, west, east, west, more and more people are evacuating.

Please see the map below for up-to-the-minute traffic data. 

The map shows the entire peninsula of Florida, but can be zoomed into your particular area.

Note: Refresh this page everytime you access it.


Update 1, 8:23 AM, 9/8/17: Consider US Highways 19, 41, 301, 27, and 441 in lieu of the interstates.  Interstate 75 is especially slow northbound from the Hernando-Sumter County line to the beyond the Florida-Georgia border.

Update 2, 9:33 AM, 9/8/17: For county-by-county alerts, please go to Florida 511.

Update 3: 7:36 AM, 9/9/17: Download the Gas Buddy App on Android or iPhone, or go to their website, where users report prices and availability of gas.

Stuckey’s — A Store, Restaurant, Gas Station, and Gift Shop. Then & Now

I remember those Stuckey’s billboards headed up Interstate 75 to grandma and grandpa’s house.

The signs with red letters called out to travelers.  They were mostly near Interstate highways, at least that’s what I remember.

Stuckey’s billboard. Photo by marada via Flickr under the license CC BY-ND 2.0

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