Tuesday, May 29 - Heading out of Jackson, Mississippi, we started following the Southern Pacific route in the Road Trip USA book, one of our stalwart guides that we've used on all of our trips. It's a great book, because it takes you off what they call the "anodyne interstate" and takes you on the local roads so that you can see more of small town America. We try to stay off the interstates as much as possible, unless we just need to get somewhere as fast as possible.
This route took us on US-80 from Jackson to Montgomery, Alabama. It took us through the Bienville National Forest, which was a nice drive, but we didn't even see one of the familiar national park service signs that we know and love. Here's the sign from their website: