Last year, my adventure was primarily focussed on BBQ . I tried to get to as many places and experience as much of the BBQ culture as I could.
This trip is still focused on BBQ, and in planning, I had a week between WhistleStop in Huntsville and The Memphis in May event in Memphis!
Along with BBQ, my other passion is aviation. Today the plan is to drive from Huntsville AL to Mobile AL, stopping at Tuskagee AL, the home of the Tuskagee Airmen Museum.
This airfield was the training ground of the all African American 99th Fighter Squadron, known as the Tuskagee Airmen. They later flew in the European theatre as bomber escorts and were known as the ‘Red Tails’.
Last year when I visited Graceland, I had felt a connection! I had the same feeling about this place, you almost feel like you were there during the period, getting ready for action!
Life was hard for these airmen as highlighted during a great movie explaining the squadrons history and hardships. The Tuskagee airmen fought hard both overseas and at home for freedom! They ended up winning a double victory, which paved the way for equality in the armed forces at the time!
This field was a hive of activity during the war, and was used to provide basic flight training. Known as the Tuskagee ‘experiment’, over 10 000 people passed through it’s gate!
As I hit the road, I thought I would try out the sun roof!
I was enjoying the sunny day when all of a sudden I looked up to this! I hope it wasn’t caused by me, oops!
After avoiding any disaster, I finally made it back to the I 65! Montgomery was the focus of the civil rights movement in the sixties, there were signs all around!
I ordered the ‘Super Bird’ sandwich with onion rings from the menu. There was nothing super about it, and I can gladly say that I no longer need to visit another Denny’s!
Just like Huntsville however, it had no coffee!
Luckily there were plenty of places within walking distance that served coffee!
Sadly I didn’t find any BBQ places within walking distance, so I settled on a Zaxby’s restaurant. Zaxby’s serve chicken tenders, wings and sandwiches.
I’m not sure if it was because I had it to go or not, but everything seemed soggy! The wings were also small and seemed to be not freshly prepared!
Tomorrow I plan to visit Pensacola FL, home of the Naval Aviation Museum and the Blue Angels! They practice on a Tuesday and Wednesday depending on weather, and I’m looking forward to watching them in action!