It's not like going through Wolf Creek Pass at the Great Divide like I did in a rental Expedition a few years ago on a summer vacation, or up Pike's Peak, but it's not like where I grew up in Florida, with a lot of flat ground and a few hills. Folks miss that about northern Alabama. Sure, max elevation is mostly in the 1200-2000' ASL range, but it's a lot of down and up. Heck, just walking my deer lease on any given day, I get in 3-4k of cumulative elevation change, and that lease is 1500' at the top, 700' at the bottom. Driving around up here is a lot of up and down.
Thank you for your service, by the way. My brother did basic at Benning back in the mid-80s, and was in 2nd Armored until he got out after the first Gulf War. Of course, he spent his time at Hood in Killeen with a few interesting trips to Germany and the far east during peacetime, and a year and change in the middle east for Desert Shield/Storm.