I’ve taken quite a few road trips so far this year, however this one in particular deserves an honorable mention for being the longest one I’ve taken so far this year, the furthest distance I have ever traveled by car in such a short period of time, and for adding Alabama to the list of states I have visited and watched the sun rise from a moving vehicle. Below are some of the adventures I had with my best friend in the span of 47 hours.
We started our road trip in our college town and then went to stay with his parents in the Nashville suburbs to catch a few hours of sleep before our early start in the morning. When we started the second leg of our road trip I was running on 2 hours of sleep. We left at 12:50am, destination: Destin.
Having lived in Nashville for a year and a half being able to pass through Nashville on the start of our drive was wonderful. I have an insane obsession with skylines and Nashville’s remains one of my favorites. We didn’t stop, but I saw my favorite skyline from I-65, the interstate I love to hate.
Tennessee Alabama Line
I had never been to Alabama and got a little too excited about crossing the boarder.
Our first stop for gas. It was 4:20am, the bathrooms at the gas station were closed and we wandered around the four isles of food like lost puppies for far too long before settling for coffee and road food and moving along. We also saw a weird Zebra Cake/Nutty Bar hybrid thing. It was weird. It made us slightly uncomfortable. It encouraged us to get back on the road. Somewhere between Birmingham and Montgomery we watched the sunrise over Alabama.
We didn’t stop in Montgomery but I saw the skyline for a brief moment and therefore thought is was worth mentioning. What can I say, I have a weird skyline fetish. Also the Montgomery Coke Bottling Plant looks kind of cool from the interstate. Between Montgomery and Destin we took a wrong turn and ended up on 30 minutes of backroads so rough a dirt road would have likely been smoother.
Florida Alabama Line
I took a 20 minute nap and missed the welcome to Florida sign.
Destin, the reason for the road trip to begin with. We arrived at 9am, we ate good food, we swam in the Gulf of Mexico, we swam in the Harbor, we drank alcohol while looking at the water, we came home slightly less pale than we had been before the trip, I got 3 hours of sleep before our 3:45am departure to head home.
Florida Alabama Line
I was less excited about crossing the border this time but still way too hyper for the ungodly hour of the morning.
We stopped at a gas station for fuel and red bull. I have never been so excited to brush my teeth at a gas station in the middle of Alabama. I guess 5.2 hours of sleep in in 2 days makes you a little crazy. We watched the sunrise as we headed towards Montgomery.
I saw the Coke Bottling Plan. I missed the short available glimpse of the skyline. The red bull was kicking in and I was becoming hyper and obnoxious as hell.
We didn’t stop this time around, however we did hit morning rush hour traffic. We listened to Paint Me a Birmingham as we got off on the exit towards Atlanta/Gadsden/Tuscaloosa to avoid the rest of the Birmingham traffic.
We stopped at a gas station that had a subway. We were less than a mile from the state of Tennessee. I just really wanted to say I had three meals in three states in twenty four hours. The Red Bull kicks in even more and am slowly becoming the most obnoxious person either my best friend or I have ever encountered. I’m trying to stop talking but I literally can’t keep my shit together with speed in which thoughts are processing through my head.
My third time ever driving through Chattanooga. The first time I bought cigarettes and accidentally told one of my friends about my brain tumor in the process. The second time I had a xanex and a drink while attempting to not murder one of my passengers. This time we just drove straight through. I feel like Chattanooga and I aren’t getting along so well thus far.
I’m so obnoxious I force myself to take a 40 minute nap to calm down. Pretty sure said nap saved our friendship. Sincerely sorry about the amount of caffeine I consumed, however I definitely gave the warning ahead of time that I needed to be cut off before I finished the can. Sorry, not sorry.
The Road Trip Playlist
Music is wonderful. We listened to a lot of it. Here is the first 100 songs of the road trip. It is an eclectic list, the things we listened to after we got through these were even more eclectic.
- In the Flesh – Pink Floyd
- The Thin Ice – Pink Floyd
- Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1 – Pink Floyd
- The Happiest Days of Our Lives – Pink Floyd
- Another me Brick in the Wall, Part 2 – Pink Floyd
- Mother – Pink Floyd
- Goodbye Blue Sky – Pink Floyd
- Empty Spaces – Pink Floyd
- Young Lust – Pink Floyd
- One of My Turns – Pink Floyd
- Don’t Leave Me Now – Pink Floyd
- Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3 – Pink Floyd
- Goodbye Crule World – Pink Floyd
- Hey You – Pink Floyd
- Is There Anybody Out There? – Pink Floyd
- Nobody Home – Pink Floyd
- Vera – Pink Floyd
- Bring the Boys Back Home – Pink Floyd
- Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
- The Show Must Go On – Pink Floyd
- In the Flesh – Pink Floyd
- Run Like Hell – Pink Floyd
- Waiting for the Worms – Pink Floyd
- Stop – Pink Floyd
- The Trial – Pink Floyd
- Outside the Wall -Pink Floyd
- Asphalt Cowboy – Jason Aldean
- Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean
- Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident) -John Micheal Montgomery
- I Could Kick Your Ass – Justin Moore
- Cocaine – Jackson Browne
- Black Sheep – John Anderson
- Christian Zeal and Activity – John Adams
- Take Me Home, Country Road – John Denver
- Thank God I’m a Country Boy – John Denver
- Hero – Family of the Year
- On the Road Again – Canned Hear
- Sun Daze – Florida Georgia Line
- Dirt – Florida Georgia Line
- Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
- Moonshadow – Cat Stevens
- Father and Son – Cat Stevens
- The First Cut is the Deepest – Cat Stevens
- Mathew and Son – Cat Stevens
- Sitting – Cat Stevens
- Hard Headed Woman – Cat Stevens
- Can’t Keep It In – Cat Stevens
- Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
- Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
- Over When It’s Over – Eric Church
- Like This – Floored
- Busted – Floored
- Nowhere Fast – Floored
- Sorry When I’m Gone – Floored
- Crying Like a Baby – Floored
- We’re Still Here – Floored
- Mr. Bassman – Johnny Cymbal
- Elvira – Oak Ridge Boys
- Bobby Sue – Oak Ridge Boys
- Gone – The Black Crowes
- A Conspiracy- The Black Crowes
- High Head Blues – The Black Crowes
- Cursed Diamond – The Black Crowes
- Nonfiction – The Black Crowes
- Snake Farm – Ray Wylie Hubbard
- Amos Moses – Jerry Reed
- Sugar Foot Rag – Jerry Reed
- East Bound and Down – Jerry Reed
- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band
- When You Awake – The Band
- Up on Cripple Creek – The Band
- Whispering Pines – The Band
- King Harvest (Has Surely Come) – The Band
- Wordless Chorus – My Morning Jacket
- It Beats 4 U – My Morning Jacket
- Off the Record – My Morning Jacket
- Famous Last Words – My Chemical Romance
- Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
- Thinking Bout You – Frank Ocean
- Sierra Leone – Frank Ocean
- Sweet Life – Frank Ocean
- Super Rich Kids – Frank Ocean
- Pilot Jones – Frank Ocean
- Monks – Frank Ocean
- Bad Religion – Frank Ocean
- Rocks Off – Rolling Stones
- Rip This Joint – Rolling Stones
- Shake Your Hips – Rolling Stones
- Casino Boogie – Rolling Stones
- Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones
- Sweet Virginia – Rolling Stones
- Torn and Frayed – Rolling Stones
- Sweet Black Angel -Rolling Stones
- Loving Cup – Rolling Stones
- Happy – Rolling Stones
- Turd on the Run- Rolling Stones
- All Down the Line – Rolling Stones
- Stop Breaking Down – Rolling Stones
- Shine a Light – Rolling Stones
- Soul Survivor