|80's Trip - Fort Mitchell AL Post Office|
The last 3 miles of the trip follow the The Yoholo Micco Creek Indian Trail. The trail is named for Chief Yoholo Micco, the Creek Indian leader of Eufaula Town who was driven from this area with his people in 1836. The trail winds along and then crosses Lake Eufaula on the old railroad trestle, through residential areas and ending at Old Creek Town, the site of an old Indian village. I will stay at Quality Inn & Suites 631 E Barbour St Eufaula, AL 36027 (334) 687-4414. Back in the eighties, Bill and I stayed at this same motel. Back then it was a Holiday Inn complete with the iconic Holiday Inn sign that so many of us remember. I found this picture of the sign. That's the Walter F George lake in the background. It was named after a US Senator from Georgia. The state line between Alabama and Georgia meanders down the lake. It didn't set too well with the people in Alabama that the Lake was named after a Georgia Senator, so in 1963 (respectfully 6 years after old Walter F George died) the Alabama state legislature passed a resolution naming it Lake Eufaula. So, the lake has two names. If you step three (3) feet onto the bridge you see in the picture, you are in Georgia - that's how close the line is at this point. On the eighties trip, while crossing the railroad tracks coming into Eufaula, Bill popped several spokes.
|Bill at Bridge showing off his stitches - 80's trip|
As he was cutting the tire off his bike, he stabbed himself in the thigh. He had to go to the Eufaula Medical Clinic for stitches. I thought the trip was over because there wasn't a bike shop in Eufaula and I figured he wouldn't be able to ride with stitches in his leg. We ended up taking a Greyhound the next day to Dothan where we found a bike shop. They fixed Bill's wheel and he soldiered on, stitches and all.
|Waiting for the bus to Dothan|
|Holiday Inn Eufaula AL|
Most of the newer development of restaurants and stores has taken place in South Eufaula, including a Walmart. Supercenter, Zaxby's, and Hardees which we will pass leaving town in route to Dothan.