AHHHHH YES BOYS, REMEMBER THOSE GOOD OLD DAYS BEFORE SEATBELTS WHEN OUR SWEETIES SAT OH SO CLOSE:))
My body clock had me awake at what it thought was 5 a.m. but with 2 recent time changes the clock on the wall accurately stated the time as 3 a.m. Needless to say I had a very early start to my day. Kelly was up about an hour or so later and our overnighter at Cracker Barrel turned out to be a rather quiet restful one. Under mostly cloudy skies we had the big wheels rolling by 7:30. Decided this morning not to do the I-10/I-20 route with all it’s big city meglomaniac traffic madness. Phooey on that stuff!!
SUNRISE IN MISSISSIPPI AND WOULD YOU BELIEVE WE BOTH MISSED CROSSING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY
MONDAY MORNINGS SUNRISE SHOWS HOW MY ANTICIPATED HEAVY TRAFFIC ON I-10 NEVER MATERIALIZED
EVEN LITTLE ELMO NOTICED THE LIGHTER TRAFFIC
Caught ourselves a few good breaks today with the first one being the surprisingly lite Monday morning on I-10. Thought for sure we would mashing it up with a congested mindless mosh of manic metal monsters massing menacingly all around us
TWO WATERTOWERS THIS MORNING WITH ONE BEING IN MISSISSIPPI AND ONE BEING IN LOUISIENA
Had checked the weather map first thing and saw we would probably be driving into a big rain front further west but the worst of it seemed to stay to the south for the first few hours. Bit of a break there with our next break occurring when Kelly noticed on our Triple AAA TripTik that they had us getting off I-10 and heading west on number 12 to Baton Rouge LA instead of following I-10 south down along the Gulf Coast close to New Orleans. That was a bonus break and saved us some miles and traffic aggravations.
CONSTRUCTION CREWS MASSING TO START A NEW WEEK
Our next break came east of Baton Rouge when we decided to check our Garman GPS to see if Baton Rouge was included in our pre-loaded western maps. Oh how nice it was to hear Garman Gertie’s voice mechanically pop out of the GPS orienting herself to our position. What a huge relief to know she was back on duty and would take over leading us through Baton Rouge and all major cities beyond. We just caught the tail end of the morning rush and it was a bit of nail biter making our way through the morning madness. And then there was the usual narrow lane death defying construction zones.
HEADING INTO BATON ROUGE TO DO BATTLE WITH THE LOCAL ROUGERS
GLAD TO BE HEADING AWAY FROM ANOTHER LARGE CITY
From Baton Rouge we made our way over to Lafayette whereupon we got ourselves off I-10 onto I-49 heading Northwest for Shreveport Louisiana. It was at this point we encountered a steady rain for the next couple hours. I-49 was another big break for us. A great 4 lane highway with very little traffic. There were times I could look ahead and back and not see another vehicle.
WE DIDN’T LET A 2 HOUR RAIN PUT A DAMPER ON OUR DAY
HARDLY ANY TRAFFIC ON I-49 BETWEEN LAFAYETTE AND TEXARKANA AND WHAT A GREAT STRETCH OF HIGHWAY ESPECIALLY NORTH OF SHREVEPORT
KELLY HANGS ON AS WE ROLL OVER A BUMPY SECTION OF ROAD
Had it in the back of my mind when we set out this morning to maybe make it to Shreveport and with the good roads and lite traffic that is just what we did but not wanting to stop south of Shreveport then have to do the morning rush we decided to push our way through. And it turned out to be a tricky bit of business. Garman Gertie had nothing in her memory banks about the newer I-49 between Shreveport and Texarkana so Kelly had to quickly pull a few Rabbits out the hat. Using her maps and the fast talking GPS Gal on her Blackberry plus our own eyeballs for road signs we twisted and turned our way through connecting roads, highways, and interstates. Throw in a particularly nasty section of confusing construction and we considered ourselves very lucky to have made all the last minute right decisions as to where to go.
IT WAS QUITE A JUMBLED JAM OF CONSTRUCTION AREAS AROUND SHREVEPORT LOUISIANA TODAY
THE NAVIGATOR’S SIDE OF THE RIG
THE PILOT’S SIDE OF THE RIG
The afternoon was wearing away and we knew with Texarkana only another 60 miles up I-49 we had better make fast tracks and get ourselves on the other side of Texarkana as well. And that is what we did. No way do we ever stop for the night then decide to drive through a big city in the morning rush. Lunacy!! We beat the afternoon rush and luckily Texarkana was not as busy as I had feared and we were soon through it heading west on I-30 towards Dallas but have no fear we had no intentions of going anywhere near Dallas. We were on familiar turf now and new exactly where we were and where we were going. Headed for a familiar place called New Boston, punched ‘Walmart’ into our GPS and without further adieu we were soon pulling into the parking lot and shutting it down for the day. It was shortly after 4 p.m. Good old Walmart. Found us a good spot then headed off into the store for some groceries and stuff. I don’t care what anybody says, I like Walmart. Yes I know there is that China connection but I just like going in to walk the isles looking at bunches of neat stuff. I like seeing all the Walmartians as well and with the way I am usually dressed I fit right in with them. You should have seen the big tear I had in the side of my shirt. I’m sure my fellow Martians saw it:))
SPOTTED THIS NEAT-O 61 CHEVY IMPALA CRUISIN BY
EVEN LITTLE ELMO WAS GIGGLING AND ROLLING OVER LAUGHING AS THIS PASSIONATE YOUNG COUPLE BLEW BY
WE REALLY HAD TO PAY EXTRA ATTENTION TO ALL THE EXITS, ENTRANCES, LANE CHANGES, AND MERGES
MERGING ONTO I-30 WEST BOUND
WE WERN’T IN ARKANSAS LONG THEN WE WERE IN TEXAS
PHEEBS WAITING AND WATCHING FOR MOM TO RETURN WITH SOME YUMMY SNACKS
MAYBE ALASKA TOM KNOWS WHAT THIS ONE IS
When the numbers were added up today it looks like we were on the road for about 9 hours and traveled 491 miles. I really hadn’t intended on coming quite this far but with the lite traffic and great roads it was hard to reign Libby in. She just wanted to run like the wind so we just sat back and let her have her way. Our travels Tuesday will take us along an old familiar 2 lane highway we used for about the first five years of our travels between Bayfield and Southeastern Arizona and points beyond. We will travel through memorable places for us like Paris, Sherman, and Gainsville Texas. Looking forward to touching a few basis along the way where we made stops with our 3 original Bayfield Bunch Amigos, Max, Checkers, and little Cora aka Motormouse:))
A BIG BATON ROUGE BRIDGE OVER A LARGE BODY OF WATER
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A guy named Bob receives a free ticket to the Superbowl from his company. Unfortunately, when Bob arrives at the stadium he realizes the seat is in the last row in the corner of the stadium -- he is closer to the Goodyear Blimp than the field. About halfway through the first quarter, Bob notices an empty seat 10 rows off the field right on the 50 yard line. He decides to take a chance and makes his way through the stadium and around the security guards to the empty seat. As he sits down, he asks the gentleman sitting next to him, "Excuse me, is anyone sitting here?" The man says no. Now, very excited to be in such a great seat for the game, Bob again inquires of the man next to him, "This is incredible! Who in their right mind would have a seat like this at the Superbowl and not use it?" The man replies, "Well, actually, the seat belongs to me, I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first Superbowl we haven't been to together since we got married in 1967." "Well, that's really sad," says Bob, "but still, couldn't you find someone to take the seat? A relative or a close friend?" "No," the man replies, "they're all at the funeral."
A football fan is a guy who’ll yell at the quarterback for not spotting an open receiver forty-five yards away, then head for the parking lot and not be able to find his own car.
A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study & said to him, "I'll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your bible a little & get your hair cut, & we'll talk about it." After about a month, the boy came back & again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father's study where his father said, "Son, I've been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you've studied your bible diligently, but you didn't get your hair cut!" The young man waited a moment & replied, "You know Dad, I've been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, & even Jesus had long hair ..." To which his father replied, "Yes, & they WALKED every where they went too!"