Day 15 – Thursday – June 21, 2012
0630 Wake up. It is really bright and sunny outside
0700 Time to get
up. Check Facebook and email. Upload a few pictures to Facebook. Get coffee.
0800 Wake up the kids.
0830 Go to breakfast.
0930 Leave the
hotel. It is hot and steamy out here
this morning! 85 degrees. Oh no!
My oil life is already down to 10%!
0932 The GPS can’t find
the Clinton birthplace. Decide to follow
the sign we saw last night when we exited the highway.
0940 The signs can’t
find it either! Decide to go to the Hope
Visitor Center and ask for directions.
0945 Hope Visitor
Center and museum. The lady working is
very nice but I was having a hard time understanding her accent.
1015 President Clinton’s
birthplace. As we are leaving we see the
big sign that we missed on the way in.
1101 Stop to buy a
giant Hope watermelon.
1104 Gas, $3.21/gallon
1114 McDs for coffee
(me) and chicken nuggets (kids).
1119 I have been
thinking and I think that moving to a new place with all new people makes it
seem longer than a year since we have seen the friends we are visiting on our
trip. Instead of going from home to see
people and then back home, we went from home to see people to a brand new place
that didn’t seem like home. Maybe next
year it won’t seem like that?
1128 See a Honda
crosstour. That’s kind of a cool looking
car. I wonder if Ron would like it.
1152 There’s a new Big
and Rich song playing on the radio. I
thought they were split up?
AR. Ryan thinks that is a great name for
12:43 p.m. Rock on the
windshield – ouch!
12:47 p.m. Little Rock,
AR. 92 degrees
12:52 p.m. Arkansas
River. Sign for the Plantation
Agriculture Museum. That sounds
interesting for a future visit. There’s
also a sign the highway is closed ahead.
Hmm. That could be a problem.
1:15 p.m. Sonic in
Lonoke, AR for lunch.
1:41 p.m. Leave Sonic. Should I stay on this back highway or take a
chance that the interstate is open again?
1:50 p.m. Yep. It’s closed.
Should’ve taken the back road.
2:09 p.m. Finally get
off the interstate (such a backup of traffic!) and now I see a sign for the
Trail of Tears. That’s not a good
sign. I hope we’re not crying by the end
of this detour.
2:27 p.m. Now we’re on
the Butterfield Trail. Not sure what
2:40 p.m. Road crew
working, causing another back up.
Construction on a detour route should be illegal.
2:44 p.m. Des Arc, AR
2:49 p.m. White River
2:56 p.m. My phone has
no signal out here in the middle of nowhere.
It has been beeping and beeping since we left the highway.
3:03 p.m. Cache River
3:08 p.m. Cotton Plant,
population 960. Ryan thinks it looks
like a ghost town. There is a rickety
old house on the corner. I wonder if
anyone lives there. Ryan points out the
satellite dish on the roof. Okay then –
someone must live there after all.
Someone who likes to watch tv.
3:12 p.m. Plane wash
3:13 p.m. Lots of
trucks on the road headed the other way.
3:24 p.m. Gas,
3:34 p.m. Finally back
on the interstate. Our new ETA is 5:08
3:48 p.m. My knee is
really hurting. That detour was rough!
4:36 p.m. Tennessee
state line and the Mississippi River
5:03 p.m. What was that
beep for? Huh. I think the GPS is telling me about a red
light camera ahead.
5:14 p.m. Arrive at the
Ruthlings. Logan and Merryn are home to
welcome us. D’Arcy is out at Costco
picking up some food for dinner. Fritz
The kids played Apples
to Apples and Kemps then moved on to the Wii.
8:15 p.m. Dinner time –
11:00 p.m. Bed
time. Yet another late night. Is this going to be the summer of late