Big Rig Campgrounds across the USA – Biloxi, MS

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RV Travels across the USA – Leaving Alabama and Heading to the Hospitality State to meet our Friends

We just thought our 32nd Travel Day from Holt, Florida, to Theodore, Alabama was short.

But our route from Theodore, Alabama to Biloxi, Mississippi was even shorter.

On Travel Day # 34 on a road trip adventure across the USA, we spent less than 2 hours in the dually.

Click here if you would like to see a map of our Route across the USA.

Travel Day # 34

In less than 20 miles, we had crossed the Alabama-Mississippi state line.
And we gave a celebratory Honk!

AL-MS state line

 For miles and miles,

bridge - pascagoula river

we traveled across a lengthy bridge

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over the Pascagoula River and admired its inlets and bayous.

Within 20 miles of the campground,
the Mississippi Sound of the Gulf of Mexico came into view.

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When we saw water, we got excited.
Not only were Belle and Buddy excited to spend a week at the beach,
but they were also excited to spend some time playing on the beach with friends.

The Biloxi Lighthouse welcomed us into the city.

lighthouse in biloxi, MS

the Biloxi Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in the world which is located on a four-lane highway.

Since we planned to spend spring break at the beach with friends, Gary and I decided to splurge and go over our campground budget.

We chose an expensive campground on Beach Boulevard, so we could have walking access to the beach.

The nightly rate was quite expensive (for us), but the weekly rate was more economical.

Even though our friends were only staying with us three days, Gary and I decided to call Cajun RV Park our temporary home for a week.

When we arrived at Cajun RV Park,

cajun rv park in biloxi, MS

the sign directed us to the back of the campground where the office was located.

Gary went into the office to register while the rest of us waited in the dually for his return.
Some of us don’t wait patiently.  And one of us whined the entire time.

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Preferring her pack together,
Fannie whined and whimpered until Gary returned.

As we waited,
I couldn’t help but notice how close the RVs were parked to one another.

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We had just left a campground in Alabama where we were crammed in like sardines.

Planning to spend an entire week at this campground,
I was hoping for more space between our home on wheels and our neighbor’s RV.

Gary returned with a campground map and our assigned site.

beach blvd in biloxi

We drove back to the entrance of the campground.
(We later discovered that this campground was once a drive-in theater.)

We found parking pad 128 and Gary pulled into our assigned spot.

Since we were assigned a big-rig friendly pull-thru,
we had a driveway (and not an RV) in front of us and behind us.

And the parking pad we were assigned was also at the end of a row.

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 I was relieved to see that we wouldn’t be living like sardines for the week.

I don’t like to live close to my neighbors but Gary doesn’t like to park or live near trees.
At Cajun RV Park, our assigned spot was between two trees.

When Gary sees tree branches touching our home on wheels,

palm treesbig rigs and palm trees

 he immediately thinks scratched paint.

Whereas I hear and enjoy the swaying of branches
and sense protection when our home on wheels is parked under a tree.

I do realize that aligning and parking our big rig so the slides of our RV don’t collide with a tree, palm trees at cajun rv park

is a difficult task.
But my Knight completed this task with ease.

While Gary and Buddy worked on outside-duty chores, Belle and I had inside-duty that day.

Inside-duty also includes chores outside like:
arranging the picnic table, setting out the rug, and finding a safe place to tie-up Fannie.

picnic tables at cajun rv parka content dog

As Belle and I worked, I often found her staring off into the distance.  Because in the distance . . .

short walk to beach at cajun rv parkbeach access at cajun rv park

she could see sand and water.

After set-up chores were complete and Gary and I made a quick run to the grocery store,
our family walked across Beach Boulevard for our first walk on the beaches in Biloxi.

Cajun RV Park proved to be the perfect place for us to park our big rig.

RV Travels across America – Traveling to Alabama

On our Road Trip Adventure across America traveling to Alabama from Florida was going to take two travel days.

Since the Florida-Alabama state line was 400 miles away from our current dwelling in St. Augustine, Florida, Gary and I knew we needed time to plan our travel days to reach our chosen destination in Alabama.

Our road trip adventure across America consisted of more than sightseeing adventures.

Our Road Trip :

  • depended on Planning like Mapping a Route and Scheduling Stops,
  • involved Travel Days,
  • required RV Camping, and
  • demanded a Down Day before Departing to our next Destination.

Two consecutive days of travel required finding a campground to park our home on wheels for a night as we traveled across the panhandle of Florida and headed into Alabama.

By the time Travel Days 32 and 33 arrived, we had four months of living on the road experience.  By this time, I had finally developed a methodical system for researching and choosing campgrounds for us to temporarily call home.

Once we had chosen a destination and a campground, it was time to map the route.

After four months of experiencing and experimenting with mapping routes, Gary and I finally developed a workable plan.

Using MapQuest and Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas, I would choose a route.   Using MapQuest and Google Earth, Gary would choose a route.

Then we would get together and compare our chosen routes and pick the best one.

When picking the best route, Gary and I had to keep in mind our big rig status and our budgeted fuel dollars.

Once we had chosen a destination, a campground, and a route, it was time to hit the road again.  As we traveled across the panhandle of Florida and finally arrived in Alabama,

  • we had encountered gray skies for most of our journey.  Unfortunately, we could not plan for or alter the weather.
  • we had stopped and spent one night in Holt, Florida.
  • we had looked and stopped for fuel twice.  As much as we plan and prepare, we were never quite prepared for fueling up the dually with a big rig in tow.
  • we had traveled across bridges and through a tunnel.  But this time we were prepared.  (Remember Fort Pitt Tunnel in Pittsburgh?)
  • we had witnessed natural beauty and city skylines.  While traveling across America AND towing a big rig, we never picked the scenic route.  Fortunately, many of our chosen travel routes were scenic.

Since words and pictures paint a clearer picture,
here’s a photographic glimpse into our Road Trip Adventure on Travel Days 32 and 33.

on the road again
Buddy had music to enjoy on this long travel day. Belle did too. But she is harder to photograph since she sits behind me in the dually.
FL travel day
Surprise! A scenic drive
tallahassee sign
We thought about spending a few days in Tallahassee to tour the State Capitol Building.
But after a week in Florida, our family was ready to move on.

Travel Day # 32 had been uneventful,
until it was time to find fuel.

gas station - big rig friendly?big rig and gas stations

“Does that station look big rig friendly?  Does anyone see the price for diesel?”
“Too late now, I’m in the wrong lane to find out!”

Staying on course but needing to stop for fuel, we approach another gas station.

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Being the first one to see the sign, Buddy immediately shouts out the price for diesel.
My Knight liked the price.
Well, he would have preferred that price to be lower,
but that price was lower than we had budgeted.

Each of us commented that the station looked wide enough;
however, no one could find the sign indicating the clearance height.

But have no fear,
my Knight was prepared.

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My Knight had packed a tool which uses a laser to measure distances.
With a distance of more than 14 feet, we could fuel up.

After filling up, we were back on the road.

long bridges in FL
Across bridges
with no concern to clearance height!
travel day from FL to AL - tunnels
Through a tunnel
which (this time) we had marked on our route.
FL-AL state line
Across state lines.
Did you hear the celebratory HONK?
Moblie skyline
Through the haze
we barely saw the skyline of Mobile,
our next sightseeing destination.
travel day from FL to AL
On Travel Day # 33,
Buddy gets a glimpse of the USS Alabama.

Since I was unable to find a campground for us in Mobile,
our travel day continued another 14 miles south of Mobile.

Our road trip adventure across America consisted of more than sightseeing adventures.  Our Road Trip :

  • depended on Planning like Mapping a Route and Scheduling Stops,
  • involved Travel Days,
  • required RV Camping, and
  • demanded a Down Day before Departing to our next Destination.
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