On the grid the most important thing was money and bathrooms, we would roll into cities we found it
|Headed for a days busking Rod helping out with Girlie|
We arrived as the sun was going down on memorial day weekend looking for a campground near the city , that's how we ended up at first landing which though near the city and beautiful is very pricey about 40$ a night, twice our total daily allowance.
Next day we drove into the city , enter our next hurdle parking was also very pricey and difficult to find near beach which is where you gotta be to make those dollars. Eventually we found a slew of parking meters about five blocks from the
|Busking on the narrow sidewalk of New Orleans|
Parking was another huge hurdle when on the grid as I've mentioned it can be pricey and difficult to find, even for the day let alone over night , many truck stops and rest areas housed us for the night Sometimes people would hear what we were doing and offer us a parking spot and bathroom for the night . The Bradfordsville blues club was one such place they seemed so genuinely thrilled we liked their place they not only let us stay for the night but we got a wake up call from a concerned resident wanting to know if we were ok or needed help with anything .
|Calhoun cooking cornbreaded catfish poolside at our hotel|
Cooking was another issue some inner city parks allow cook outs even have little fire pits and when available we'd take advantage of them. For the most part though we would end up dragging our tired
sweaty sun burnt bodies into a local dive bar or restaurant and taking advantage of huge portions and cheap prices that are a staple of the nation.
There were of course advantages to being on the grid , public pools are usually free and have showers a welcome treat when you spend four + hours a day hula hooping .
|Patiently waiting for yours truly outside the public library in New Orleans|
|Bread pudding with friends at a shelter in Ashvillie|
can be an indomitably dark sea of life , you give people the support to keep their dignity and that is a truly noble endeavor. Food banks also an amazing help.
If there is anything I learned while traveling in the states it is that Americans are a very misunderstood breed of human , yes they are resilient and proud and often eccentric, they are also kind , compassionate and truly happy to share the things they find great about their country with total strangers.
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