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Thursday, June 10, 2021

A Bad Decision?


That afternoon in Clinton I got to thinking I should have stayed on the interstate at Little Rock for easy driving to put down some miles.  Now we were looking at mountain driving through the Ozarks.  I’ve done that before on a previous trip.  It would be a forty mile backtrack to the interstate.  Nope.  I’ll just deal with what lies ahead.  On the plus side that afternoon and night in Clinton was the first rain-free period in I don’t know how long.  Things were looking up. 

We got going and soon I realized this route was much nicer than the one Sinbad and I did years back.  It was easy driving and the scenery spectacular.  The Ozarks never disappoint except...for two hours there was only one “scenic viewpoint” to pull off into and it was closed with construction!!  So all I have is a through the windshield photo of a so-so scene.


I stopped for lunch in a little town then reset the GPS for our overnight stay spot with half the two hour drive to be on interstate.  Claire immediately sent us up a small highway from our lunch spot.  Wait, this isn’t what I wanted!  There was no place to turn around.  Oh well, I’ll just deal with it.  The road wasn’t as bad as that one from years ago and I finally got into it enjoying the traffic-free back roads of Arkansas.  Then we suddenly crossed the state line and the up and down roller coaster roads of Missouri.  
Welcome to Missouri.


At the end of the day there were no bad decisions after all.
It was a great day’s drive.



4 comments:

  1. I used to make decisions for the next day while eating breakfast, or sometimes dinner...using my trusty book atlas from Walmart...and I still have one of the later ones that's probably over 20 years old. Come to think of it, it is missing some newer roads, and really is just not that useful at this stage.

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    1. The thing is my Garmin GPS is 15 years old and I am unable to update the information in it because the laptop doesn’t want cooperate with Garmin. So Claire is doing her best with outdated road information. It always makes for interesting travel and interesting conversations between Claire and I.

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  2. I have a USA atlas book that I got at Walmart in 2004. Good thing I'm not travelling in the States right now, I'm sure none of the new roads are on it.

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  3. I don't think that photo is so-so at all, I think it's beautiful!

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