Monday, September 5, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:56 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Posted at 11:06 PM

We’d never originally planned to go to Alabama when we left for the Gulf Coast. One of the things I quickly learned about this trip is that plans typically last about a minute before something falls through. We left Lucedale, Miss. in search of a place to transmit our story. The closest big city to us was Mobile, Alabama—so we decided to make our way east. We found a Panera to sit down and work at and once we’d gotten our stories in, decided to try to find a place to stay. That search was in vain; every hotel in Mobile was booked. We decided to head north on the interstate. That didn’t turn out well either. Unlike other states, Alabama didn’t have much in the way of small towns in between bigger cities. On the advice of someone at a gas station, we turned back south. Two hours later, we finally found a place with a room.

Tomorrow we’ll head for the Gulf Coast.

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