Started here:

Aiken County, South Carolina
Marching To The Trial
Day 1 - Friday, March 3, 2006
Ended here:

Jackson, MS

T o d a y ' s    N a r r a t i v e
As is often the case, this trip did not start on Fri, March 3, 2006. Rather, it started about 8pm, Thurs, March 2, 2006 when we drove from Aiken County, SC to Litha Springs (just west of Atlanta), GA where we camped in a Wal*Mart parking lot. Uneventful start to the trip. All interstate driving.

Today, Fri, March 3, 2006, we drove west on I20 to Tuscaloosa, AL where we got on US-82. The trip "officially" started here. We drove US-82 west into Mississippi and to the Natchez Trace Parkway and took it south.

The parkway is truly a beautiful road. The speed limit is 50 so you can take your time and soak up the scene. No commercial vehicles allowed. See the pix below. The right of way for the parkway varies in width from a few hundred feet to several hundred yards. Kinda different. No phone poles. No cell towers. No billboards. No power lines. No gas stations (well, there is one :), no burger joints, no stores of any kind. Awesome. I suspect it is very much like it was when the boatmen traveled it over a hundred years ago. Of course, then it was a path and now it is a two lane road. Lots of old growth forest. Some places are very swampy. Very enjoyable ride.

Right now we're parked in a Krystal parking lot. I'm hoping to use their wireless Hot Spot to upload this to the web site.

After that we'll drive down the road a mile or so to a Wal*Mart and camp there for the night.

Tomorrow: Finish the Natchez Trace Parkway, drive into Louisiana, maybe get to ride a ferry. We'll have to see how the time works out.

T o d a y ' s    P i c t u r e s
Click on a pix for a larger view
What better way to start the pix for this trip... Than to have two sign pixs for June :) When I saw this sign, and since Louisville is where we're going, I thought I'd play a trick on The Navigator. I turned on the right hand turn signal. He alerted immediately as I never turn on the turn signal without his direction. Then I yelled, "Ya-hoo!!!, look, we're in Louisville already."

He would have none of it. He gave me a disgusted look and said, "Do not get off here. You drive and I will navigate."

Gee, he's a sensitive Navigator!

This is where we got on the parkway. The Navigator almost missed it as there was no other sign.
I don't know what this is, but it's blooming all along the parkway. #*%& auto-focus camera. There are HUGE pine and oak trees along the parkway. The tree immediately to the right of the van is the tree in the previous pic. Big! This and the next pic are typical of what you see as you drive the parkway.
Quiet, peaceful and beautiful.      

T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Begin: Thu, 8:45pm, Fri, 9:30am
End: Thu, 11:30pm, Fri, 6:30pm
Net (includes stops): 11 hrs, 45 mins
Mileage: (includes Thursday night)
Begin odometer: 148,672
End odometer: 149,301
Net miles today: 629
Average MPH: 53.5
Total trip miles: 629

Price: $59.00, 2.099/gal
Bought in: (Forgot to write down the name of the town), AL
Food, ice, etc.: $6.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00

T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
More ponderings from Dorothy in SC:

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

If money doesn't grow on trees then why do banks have branches?

Since bread is square, why is sandwich meat round?

Why do you have to "put in your two cents"...but it's only a "penny for your thoughts?" Where's that extra penny going to?

Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up every two hours?

T o d a y ' s    J o k e
From Sue in KY:

Once again, the Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

The winners are:

1. Coffee (n.) the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.) appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (v.) to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.) to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.) impotent.

6. Negligent (adj.) describes a condition in which you absent-mindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.) to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n.) olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash (n.) a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle (n.) a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude (n.) the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon (n) a Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster (n.) a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism (n.) (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent (n.) an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

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