Wednesday, May 27, 2009


observations from days 1, 2 and 3:

I prefer the 75 mph speed limit on the interstates in AZ and NM than the 65 and 70 that are in place in TX, OK, AR & TN

so far we have seen cows (dairy & beef), horses (those Palominos and painted ponies are my favorite -- although we did pass a few Arabian horse ranches and those sure are some lean and dazzling animals!), burros, donkeys and a few sheep.

road kill: coyote, deer, armadillo, raccoon, possum... a beautiful golden retriever with a collar & tags. Please keep your pets on a leash or in a secure yard. That one broke my heart.

Lots of turkey vultures... and a spectacular Golden Eagle... a small falcon perched to strike on the limb of a tree.

Paid $1.98 for regular gas in AZ, $2.58 in OK... $2.35 TX... $2.19 also OK... $2.29 TN...

Arkansas will not have to water lawns any time soon... our hearts were broken with the number of planted fields mostly under water... they have had a foot +/- of water in May... streams, creeks and irrigation ditches filled to the brim.

Despite forecasts of rain for our journey west to east, we apparently have been chasing the rain because we had a few drops of rain back in NM, but mostly clear skies.

I have been reminded how horrible humidity is. Back home it's typically 20% humidity this time of year... the humidity in Okmulgee, OK last night was 88% (yuck!)

Left the Creek Indian Nation with a few dollars more than we went in with... small casino, but worth it :-)

In Dickson, TN -- the heart of moonshine country -- we had the best Chinese food we have had since leaving New York 5 years ago... go figger (Wang's).

we miss Tom Terrific.

The time and miles fly when you're driving with the love of your life and the man of your dreams...

Arkansas -- too much rain

There is something both comforting and inspiring about seeing a farm, barn and barnyard animals to a girl (and her beau) who grew up in the midwest

Saw these big birds on the TX-OK border... then heard about a plane running long at Vance AFB and we wondered if it was one of these?


claims to be the largest cross in the western hemisphere... in TX... it is HUGE... and inspiring.

on to VA in the morning...



At 5/27/2009 7:28 PM , Blogger Maggie45 said...

Wow, you guys are making good time. Gas was $2.24 in Bisbee this afternoon. I haven't been on a road trip for a good long time. Thanks for taking us along!

At 5/29/2009 3:13 AM , Blogger liberal army wife said...

bisbee... love that town.

VA - is damp, humid and wet. too bad I won't be in town!


At 5/29/2009 6:08 AM , Blogger Army Wife said...

I am enjoying your travelogue, and DO NOT miss the Arkansas humidity or mosquitos! Be careful, those mosquitos are HUGE.

I am glad you are on the road, having the great American road trip!


At 5/29/2009 12:17 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

So glad that the weather has held up for ya'll. Wish I were with ya'll.

At 6/02/2009 6:51 PM , Blogger Jen said...

That cross picture gave me chills


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