THESE MIGHT BE CHERRY BLOSSOMS
The outside temperature on our thermometer this morning said 43F & I was relieved to see that because it meant we would not have to contend with black ice on our early morning start. Noticed a fair bit of snow in the field beside us had melted as well.
PIT STOP FOR THE BAYFIELD BUMS
Rolled out of Bonham Texas onto highway 82 heading east at 6:50 a.m. Little did I know it would turn out to be a 10 hour driving day taking us north of Memphis almost to the Missouri State line. I'm writing this from a Lowe's/Wally World Parking lot just off I-55 in Blytheville, Arkansas.
One of the problems of early morning starts heading east is the rising sun & it sure did us a bad turn this morning. Heading into Paris, Arkansas I totally missed seeing the the by-pass sign & drove right smack dab into downtown Paris. Not only got onto some narrow streets but had trouble reading the street signs because of the sun in our eyes. We got dragged right down main street through the business district. The cloud of blue air inside the motorhome didn't help the visibility any either. Kelly spotted a highway 82 sign with an pointing arrow & about half an hour later we were finally back on track & heading east out of Paris. Two years ago this very same town literally ate us up & spit us out twice in less than an hour. I have copied & pasted the 'Paris' part of that post I did for that day at the end of this blog entitled....."A Paris Repeat!!"
I-30 through Texarkana has been under construction every time we have gone through there these past few years & today was no different. What a mess & what a miserable time we had finding Cracker Barrel again. I think I had just better stick with my egg salad sandwiches!!
MORNING'S SUNRISE.....KELLY FIELD'S A WORK CALL OUTSIDE CRACKER BARREL....SOCKY GEEPERS ENJOYING THE VIEW
Weather was good, wind was no problem, & the traffic flow was rolling along well today so we just went with the flow & kept on going, & going. Whenever we get that 'going home bug' or that 'heading for the southwest bug' we just focus on the objective & go for it until we reach our goal. Right now my cushy recliner chair at home & a long hot shower are priority one!!
Today's cherry blossoms & dandelions were taken at a rest stop area along I-30 west of Memphis. Sunset photo was taken across the Wal-Mart parking lot in Blytheville, Arkansas.
OUR OVERNIGHTER SPOT IN BLYTHEVILLE
Tomorrow morning we'll head east & cross the Mississippi River into Illinois before swinging northward up to Effingham & east to Indianapolis. Indianapolis is our last major pain in the asparagus before reaching the Canadian border probably sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday. We'll see how it goes..........10-4!!
TONIGHT'S SUNSET....LIGHT STANDARDS ARE IN THE WAL-MART PARKING LOT
GROANER'S CORNER:(( And did you know it's a fact, taller people sleep longer in bed.
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"A Paris Repeat!!" November 18th 2008
Lots of construction going on in the city of Paris, Texas but we were able to thread our way through the traffic cones, around the workers, past the detour signs, & somehow remained in the narrow pot holed construction lanes. Nearly missed a turn at a particularly nasty intersection but we made it through & breathed a big sigh of relief as I watched Paris disappearing in the rear view mirrors. Next big town would be Sherman. Into a bit more construction & a couple sweeping curves to the left. The sun caught my attention when it appeared in my driver's side mirror. Odd, it should be high up on my left side, not in my mirror. More construction & congestion & before I could logically figure out the strange positioning of the sun we nearly missed a turn at a particularly nasty intersection. AWWWWWW NUTS!!!!!! It was the exact same intersection we had just bounced through about 20 minutes before. We had traveled in a complete left hand circle & back into the construction area of Paris. *!!#^>"+! How did this happen!! Watched Paris disappear in my rear view mirrors for the second time. I was beginning to see shades of Bill Murray's movie, Groundhog Day. What if we have entered the Twilight Zone & are doomed to repeat this route around & around forever & ever. We were totally glued to every road sign going by dreading the thought of making the same mistake again. Finally, there it was, a big green sign with the number 82 on it & an arrow pointing to the exit west. How had we missed that before!!!! Had it been any bigger it would have jumped out & slapped us in the face..................