On the road I chose my "music du jour." Considering where I was going today, I chose to put on the satellite radio, tuned to Sirius 13, of course. Now, does anyone know why I would choose that station?
I was in Memphis in about 45 minutes, and traffic was a bit heavy. Actually I-40 was solid trucks from the time I hit Little Rock yesterday, and this morning it was one after another after another on the highway! I missed one turn and had to circle back a few blocks, but wasn't delayed more than five minutes or so. As I headed out of town, I switched from an interstate to a US highway, and it went through town, slowly at times with trucks end to end in the right hand lane. I noticed several times young women walking down the sidewalk. Didn't think much about it at first, but I realized that they all wore unusually tight jeans and high heels. Finally it occurred to me that they were hookers, and shortly after that, yep, one of them crawled into the cab of one of the long line of trucks! Lawdy!!
From Memphis, I took US 78 southeast through Mississippi toward Birmingham. It is a pretty good highway, considering that it is not an interstate. They are, however, going to make it into I-22, so widening is taking place. The shoulder was just dirt and gravel most of the way, so I could stop and take pictures as often as I would like.
It was a pretty drive. The trees were that lovely patchwork that I talked about, and I so desperately wanted some pictures. I was afraid of the loose shoulders, thinking that pulling back onto the highway with traffic coming on might be difficult. I did take some "on the fly," and if they turn out decent, I'll put them up tomorrow. I drove through Tupelo, MS today, and I tried to get some pictures there, too, but traffic was heavy in that area, and I couldn't find places to pull off where I wanted. Arghh.
Somewhere along the way I saw a sign for "Tom Sawyer RV Park," and it reminded me that I meant to tell you something from yesterday that will give you a chuckle. First of all, "Tom Sawyer" and "RV Park" sorta work for me as a pair. After all, TS was an adventurer, RVers are adventurers. But yesterday I saw a sign in Arkansas for ... "Lester Flatt RV Park." I'm not kidding you!! What is that connection? Is that an "only in Arkansas" thing? Anyway, I laughed out loud about that one!
Once I got to Birmingham I had the driving experience of a lifetime. First of all, currently the only way to get from US-78 to I-20 is via about twenty miles of slow, through towns kind of traffic at 40 to 45 miles per hour. Ugh. Once the new I-22 is finished it will have a direct connection, but for now that is it. Slow, grueling traffic with lots of trucks. No hookers noticed on this stretch! I was relieved when we got to the interstate, but it wasn't over yet! Birmingham might take the award for the worst city to get through. The bumper to bumper feeling didn't let up till we were wa-a-a-y east of the city. It was early, around 2:00 I think, but travel was wearisome because of how slow and tight traffic was. And east of the city, the interstate cuts through some hills; lanes were narrow with embankments on either side. After a while I began to feel claustrophobic with the hills on each side and trucks everywhere else in front and behind.
Finally the road began to open up a little bit. That's where construction began, of course!! I had to laugh about it, because it seemed that one thing was corrected just in time for another to take over! You see, next I encountered more of those bumpy, "thunkathunka" roads. Really bad ones. Ali was in the back seat making a little groaning, whining sound, and his voice was wavering, just like kids do on bumpy roads! He was definitely NOT enjoying the road!
Once in Georgia, I was back to lesser roads again. It wasn't a problem, but slower progress at times. I got here around 6:00, very glad to be off the road for a while! Dawn called me just minutes before I reached my nephew's home, and I was watching the odometer for exact tenths of miles, get through local traffic, and trying to read street signs, so I couldn't talk with her about where we will meet. Bless her heart, she's ready to get set up and I couldn't stop to take notes! She calling again tomorrow and we'll meet finally. I can't believe I'm actually here and going to meet her! Yippee-skippee!!
Patti called later this evening, too, so we have our first stage of meeting planned. I'll see here on Sunday, just as planned! WooHoo!!
I'm tired, but this is just too much fun with the plans to meet two of my special blogger friends! I'll keep you all informed as we go. And yes, I'll be sure to have pictures as Caroline requested!!
Life is beautiful!!!
PS - Oh, and did you figure out the music choice of the day? Sirius 13 is the Elvis station. I was in Elvis country, Memphis and Tupelo! What could have been more appropriate? I wanted so badly to stop and drive by or visit Graceland, but I knew that would not be a quick thing. Nope, I gotta come back for that some time. Yep, another time when I can actually be a tourist!