Our Changed Routing
We headed out on a Sunday morning, at first going northwest on I-26 all the way up to Columbia, SC, then turning west on I-20. Traveling on a Sunday had both its positives and its negatives. We hit one of each on the first stop -- the positive was going down the road about 3/10ths of a mile to save 30c/gallon on diesel fuel, but the negative was the long wait for food at a restaurant because a lot of people were eating out that day!
Tooling down I-20, we crossed into Georgia first:
We were very, very concerned about Atlanta. Its traffic can be horrid, even on weekends. Well, we came upon a traffic jam just west of Conyers:
After inching along for a few miles and a lot of time, we realized that it was a traffic accident, not any sort of jam that would last all the way across Atlanta. Someone's day got ruined, that's for sure.
Getting across Atlanta actually wasn't all that bad. Traffic was moving at around 60mph, all the signs gave things like "exit XX, 6 mi, 6 minutes", so we were reassured.
Our overnight was at a Country Inn and Suites, in Tuscaloosa - about 490 miles from Charleston. I mention this because Radisson is becoming part of Choice Hotels, International. If you have Radisson points, they will merge with Choice Rewards at some time in the near future.
We arrived at our new destination right after check-in time, which had to be the earliest check-in time I've ever seen: 2 pm. This was at Best Western Vicksburg. They empty out very early in the morning, as people want to get to their next destination - they serve more transient than destination travelers. So they bring in their housekeeping staff early on and in staggered shifts. This room was probably the nicest one we had on the whole trip, everything in great condition, working, nice indoor pool. My only complaint was that the treadmill wasn't working in the fitness room.