Published: January 11th 2011January 7th 2011
The day started pretty late and we missed the breakfast inhouse. We had a couple of yoghurts and bananas with us and finished these and then headed off around 10.15AM. We arrived at Scottsboro Alabama around 11AM and the drive here was a bit different as we were not on an Interstate but driving through various small middle american towns (still dual carriageways so a good road nonetheless).
A bit windy today but mostly clear skies and temperature a bit warmer at around 12 degrees.
Today was essentially a travelling day to get to Chattanooga which is back in the Southeast corner of Tennessee, but when we researched the journey we realised that Scottsboro was about half way and has a famous attraction called the Unclaimed Baggage Centre.
Essentially all of the lost baggage that is not claimed within a certain period it all gets sent here to Scottsboro Alabama and resold.
They had digital cameras (maybe 200 to choose from) for between $30-00 and $80-00. Sunglasses for $5-00. Clothes, more clothes and still more clothes (who takes old clothes with them when traveling ?
I bought a SD Memory Card for my Video Camera for $20- which has 16gb and they sell for $70- duty free back home. Kerry bought a new scarf to replace the one she loved and sadly lost in Nashville and shelved out $0.99. She also bought some brand new sunglasses for $5-00. Elise bought three new Nintendo DS games for $15- each. We bought a new small suitcase as we have expanded with our purchasing so far which cost all of $10-00. I finished off by buying a leather jacket for $30-00 (Kerry said it has the softest leather going around and reckons it would have cost $500- retail). It had a hotel sticker inside which is probably where it was lost. It was the Hotel Del Coronoado in an San Diego). In case they guy is looking for his jacket the receipt number is 765063 (that is coded for secrecy !!). They had lots of clothes but I simply didn’t need or have the space to buy more.
I had a look at the Bose noise cancelling headphones (models QC 2 & QC 3) and they were selling for between $100- / $150- for the older models. They also had Tommy Hilfiger all weather jackets for $20-00 and SLR cameras, video cameras, laptops, and iPhones. They put out for sale 7,000 new items every day so you never know what is going to be available for sale.
We spent about 3 hours there and then headed back in the car. The drive was more scenic than we seen before with rolling hills and a few lakes to see. The total drive from Huntsville to Chattanooga was only about 200km but in the final half hour we went from Alabama to Tennessee, then into Georgia, then back to Tennessee again. That’s 3 state crossings in 30 minutes and I didn’t get lost once !
We are staying at the Residence Inn which is part of Marriott chain. It’s a 2 bedroom suite with a fireplace in the lounge room (gas operated but looks like the real deal). It has an indoor heated pool and spa which Luke & I used this afternoon to chill out.
We headed across the road to dinner at the Big River Restaurant where we had some soup & pepperoni pizzas and a few local brewed beers. Great atmosphere being a Friday night in downtown Chattanooga and looked like a lot of locals were here.
Tonight forecast is temperature to fall to around minus 2 and a maximum of only 1 degree tomorrow. A cold front is hitting the American south and likely we will experience some pretty cold weather for the next few days. Tomorrow we spend the day seeing what Chattanooga has to offer.