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Jackson, Mississippi
Marching To The Trial
Day 2 - Saturday, March 4, 2006
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Opelousas, Louisiana

T o d a y ' s    N a r r a t i v e
Another beautiful day for driving. Blue sky, sunny, high in the 60s. Hope it keeps up :)

Today was nice because there were three highlights: finishing our trip down the Natchez Trace Parkway, riding on the ferry and playing a trick on The Navigator. See the pix below.

We're making good time on the trip. I'm feeling more confident we'll be able to do the alternate routes in Missouri and Illinois. Sure hope so.

Watched the DVD "War of the Roses" tonight. Old movie. But still a hoot.

I was hoping to find a WiFi HotSpot and get this posted, but no luck. Maybe tomorrow.

We entered the Parkway from I20. Interesting juxtaposition of the hustle, bustle and noise of the Interstate and the quiet tranquility of the Parkway.

The ferry ride was interesting. The ferry costs a grand total of $1. Can you believe that? I want to thank the taxpayers of Louisiana for substantially subsidizing our ride. As soon as the ferry cast off, The Navigator went into a high level, closed door meeting with the ferry's navigator. I guess they wanted to swap navigator war stories. Little did The Navigator know I had a little surprise waiting for him down the road aways. See the pix below.

We're camped in a Wal*Mart parking lot again. Crowded tonight. There are five large campers, six 18 wheelers (two of which are Wal*Mart trucks), a U-Haul truck, two bus campers and, saved the best for last, a Hummer limousine (seriously!) parked here tonight.

T o d a y ' s    P i c t u r e s
Click on a pix for a larger view
This looks like a really nice house, doesn't it? ... Until you consider what it has as a next door neighbor. Damned cell towers are UGLY! The top half of this sign is, as usual, for June. The bottom half is for Elizabeth. Y'all be nice and share, okay? The next few pix are of our historic ride on the ferry.
The ferry is on the other side of the orange barge. The barge is anchored permanently and you drive across it to get on the ferry. The ferry boat. You can barely see The Navigator peeking out the window up top as he has his meeting. The ferry was completely full. Cars, pickups, SUVs, vans, farm tractors (really, there were two of them), and two groups of motorcycle riders. That's where we're headed on the opposite shore.
The captain of the ferry did a great job of positioning it to line up with the barge. Perfect! In the Route Overview I mentioned we might ride on another ferry depending on how passable a road was. Here it is and it's a gravel road. And it's ten miles to the other ferry. I think not. Just as well, I saw a sign later that said the Melville Ferry is closed on the weekend. Knowing we'd be passing by this church, I made arrangements to have them post a special message for The Navigator. I had to circle around and drive past it three times before he saw it. To say he wasn't happy would not even be close. I'll describe the look he gave me as "utter contempt." I'm kidding, of course. Go here and get your own sign to have fun with.

T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Begin: 9:30am
End: 7:30pm
Net (includes stops): 10 hrs, 0 mins
Begin odometer: 149,301
End odometer: 149,567
Net miles today: 262
Average MPH: 26.2
Total trip miles: 891

Gasoline: None
Food, ice, etc.: $10
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $1.00 - for the ferry

T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
From Allegra in Baghdad, Iraq:

Every Day Is One Of Those Days.

T o d a y ' s    J o k e
Some zingers for the ladies from Elizabeth in SC:

  • One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his Sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, "What setting do I use on the washing machine?" "It depends," I replied. "What does it say on your shirt?" He yelled back, "University of Oklahoma."

    And they say blondes are dumb...

  • A couple is lying in bed. The man says, "I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world."

    The woman replies, "I'll miss you..."

  • "It's just too hot to wear clothes today," Jack said as he stepped out of the shower, "honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?"

    She replied, "Probably that I married you for your money."

  • He said - Shall we try swapping positions tonight?
    She said - That's a good idea... you stand by the ironing board while I sit on the sofa and fart.
  • Q: What do you call an intelligent, good looking, sensitive man?
    A: A rumor
  • A man and his wife, now in their 60's, were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been so good that each one of them could have one wish. The wife wished for a trip around the world with her husband. Whoosh! Immediately she had airline/cruise tickets in her hands.

    The man wished for a female companion 30 years younger... Whoosh.. immediately he turned ninety!!! Gotta love that fairy!

  • Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail?
    A: Rename the mail folder "Instruction Manuals"

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