Missouri Height: 1772 ft. Highpoint
#: 10 Date:7/1/2002 Trails: N/A Distance:.5 miles roundtrip. Vertical Gain: 30 Time Taken: 30 min Weather: Really nice day, 80s. Group: JO & BC Comments: We left Arkansas
and continued driving into Missouri.
We got within striking distance of the highpoint and decided to call it a
night. We treated ourselves to a motel room.†
It was Monday when we
finally hit the hay. This was our first real sleep since we left. We were out
the door early that morning, though, since we knew we had a long day ahead. We
drove the short distance to the Missouri
highpoint. The entire walkway from the parking lot to the top was paved. Wow.
It was pretty strange seeing a paved walkway wind through the dense trees. The
top was pretty nice too, although still no view from there. We were impressed
with the upkeep of this highpoint.
Left: The way to the highpoint is paved.†
Iím speechless.† Right: BC at the
quite picturesque summit of Taum Sauk Mountain.
After leaving Taum Sauk, we began our third long day in a row of
driving.† Luckily, this would be our
last long day of driving until the trip back home.† We would be traveling all the way from Missouri
bagging 3 highpoints and coming very near a fourth.† Our first stop after leaving Missouri
in Iuka, MS.† From Iuka, we traveled across Alabama
to Cheaha Mountion and then through Georgia
to the area near Brasstown Bald.† We
then crashed at a hotel in Blairsville, GA
for the night.
Mississippi Height: 806 ft. Highpoint #: 11 Date:7/1/2002 Trails: N/A Distance: About 10 feet roundtrip. Vertical Gain: 0 Time Taken: 5 min. Weather: Hot, low 90ís, a bit humid Group: JO & BC Comments: We continued on from Missouri
This highpoint was pretty pathetic, even worse than Florida.
At the top was a marker surrounded by weeds, power lines and some towers. The
large wooden sign that used to mark the highpoint was destroyed utterly and on
the ground. We didn't stay there long.
JO at this crappy highpoint, with his car in the background.
Alabama Height: 2407 ft. Highpoint #: 12 Date:7/1/2002 Trails: N/A Distance: About 20 feet roundtrip. Vertical Gain: 0 Time Taken: 5 min. Weather: Cooling down a bit,
probably 70ís Group: JO & BC Comments: On the way to the Alabama
highpoint we had a run-in with the law. It was bound to happen sometime on our
supertrip. They pulled us over for weaving and driving too slowly (yeah right).
These cops were awful. They thoroughly harassed us and ended up searching the
car after threatening to call in a K-9 unit and taking us into the
station.† We'd advise others to make
their trip through Alabama as
speedy as possible (especially since they pull you over for going too slowly).
Shaken, but not stirred, we continued on to the Alabama
highpoint. There we found a nice lookout tower at the top... which was closed
for repairs. In addition, yellow police tape restricted access within a 20 foot
radius around the building. First the cops and now this? We crossed the tape
and stood on the steps of the highpoint building anyway. The convenient
bathroom building nearby was, of course, locked so we showed our appreciation
of Alabama in the nearby bushes.
The closed and taped off summit tower on the top of Cheaha Mountain.† Really appropriately crappy and run-down for
the state itís in.
We crashed at a Best Western Inn in Blairsville,
GA that night to get ready for our first
actual hike of the trip.† We decided to
park on GA 180 and hike up the Jackís Gap Trail instead of driving up to the