There are a couple of routes where you could get off I-65 earlier, but with the 15-mph difference in speed limits, occasional traffic light, you would spend at least the same amount of time, and probably more. I would use the route you described.
We made the trip from Pensacola to Montgomery and back (in one day, don't ask) a few weeks ago and the route you described was fine -- road surfaces mostly good and not that many stops until you get to Cantonment.
Just an FYI: wait until you get safely past Alabama before buying anything you can put off until Florida. We didn't realize until too late that the sales tax in Montgomery County is 10% and it's on everything including grocery food purchases, not just non-food items. Worse, we used some coupons while shopping and were charged sales tax for the price we would have paid if we hadn't had coupons: a sales tax on dollars WE DIDN'T EVEN SPEND. I suppose I should feel grateful I wasn't charged 5% on the items I picked up and then put back on the shelf; that seems the logical extension of Alabama's taxing philosophy.
Good point! The exception would be gas. Usually a little cheaper in AL.
The base tax rate in AL is 4% but each county and city may tack on as much extra as they like. You never know what the tax rate might be, even within the same county...
Looks like FL operates in a similar way, allowing counties to charge a tax above the base rate:
Loved your analogy! Funny!!
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