We got off on an earlier start this morning. 7am...
Traveled just a way down the road and decided to visit another National Wildlife Refuge... Wapanocca NWR, located a few miles off I55.
Heck, I can't even pronounce it... But I'll tell you one thing... if you visit here you better be prepared for the low clearance.... We're not that tall and still our various antennae scraped as we were going through this underpass...
It's kind of creepy going through this thing with the antennae dragging along the concrete "ceiling" and a freight train with numerous coal cars just above us.
The Headquarters/Visitor CenterThese are contractors putting the finishing touches on the new displays. There wasn't a "brown shirt" around... the offices were empty. I was disappointed that the Refuge Stamp wasn't available so I could stamp my wildlife refuge book. We didn't stay long... checked out the place and then it was back to the rig and on down the road.
Mile upon mile of cotton fields...
I'm used to seeing those huge bales of cotton... those that are the size and shape of a "container" ....
huge, boxes that you see on railroad cars or in shipyards.
But this trip we see cotton harvested a different way...
That's cotton... baled in those huge, round bales the way you see hay harvested.
We've been traveling on the west side of the Mississippi on I55. A few years ago, we lived across the river, on the Tennessee side. There is a complex of wildlife refuges that raise and manage farm crops for waterfowl.
When we were at Lower Hatchie NWR in 2002 the Mississippi flooded and we went out in a motorboat through the fields instead of a truck. I remember smacking cottonmouth snakes with a paddle to keep them from getting in the boat.
Oh, what memories!
We get off I 55 near Memphis and start our way over to Little Rock on I 40.
Since we spend more time in Texas than any other state a couple of years ago we changed our medical care to a practice in Granbury, TX. It's time for my annual checkup and we know we'll be in the area soon. I call for an appointment.
The receptionist says that they had a cancellation and could I get there by 11:20?
Well... ummmm... no. We're on the road - just outside of Memphis, TN, and I was hoping maybe for next week.
Oh.. okay... would Monday be okay?
Oh! The wonders of cell phones and modern day technology!
Little Rock was easy to drive around....
Despite construction and lots of truck traffic...
We still have the XM Radio tuned to the country/western station.
I've heard about a hundred ways you can get your heart broken... I know all about love... unrequited or otherwise...
Bill tuned out my singing along many miles back...
It gets better!
Hank (not junior) starts yodeling!
I've GOT to try that!
I think I sound like a chicken in distress...
(Bill probably wishes I were on the chopping block)
Yo - De - Lay - De - Deeeeeeeee
Hey! Maybe I could make a living at this!
Finally we get to Texarkana - The town that's in two states
It takes a while to get through it all, but we know that this is the last big city until we get to the Dallas/Ft Worth area.
Yay! Texas, at last!
We stop at the first exit in Texas that has a Wal-Mart... New Boston.
It's been a long day for us...
We're ready to call it quits...
And so ends Day Three of this journey.
That's All For Now!