Started here:

Opelousas, Louisiana
Marching To The Trial
Day 3 - Sunday, March 5, 2006
Ended here:

Rayville, Louisiana

T o d a y ' s    N a r r a t i v e
We had two detours today. I'll tell you about the second one first.

We're currently sitting in a Raceway Gas Station parking lot off I-20 in Rayville, LA. Those of you following our route will recognize immediately that we've strayed off course. The reason is to visit the Pilot Travel Center across the street in the morning and take a shower. I can usually get away with shaving and washing up a little bit in a Wal*Mart men's room. But after awhile you need a real shower. Ya know what I mean? So tomorrow morning will be it. The Navigator estimates it will take about 30 minutes tomorrow to get back on the planned route. He said he's happy I'm getting a shower in the morning because then he can stop complaining about the smell J

Stopped at McDonalds today for lunch and the lady at the drive through gave me a coupon for free coffee and breakfast sandwich. So guess where I'll be having breakfast tomorrow morning?

Back on Saturday, The Navigator and I stopped at a Louisiana information center. The lady there was showing me a Louisiana map. The map had different background colors. I asked her about this. She said the light brown area across the eastern two thirds of the southern part of the state represented the Cajun area. The yellow across the northern part of the state represented the "Sportsman's Paradise" area. I noted that the area where we've been most of today had a white background. I asked her what that means. She said, "the boonies." And she's right. We traveled through some beautiful country today. But it was also pretty desolate. She suggested I make sure I have a full tank of gas. She was right and I did :)

I'm not sure who's WiFi I'm using now. The SSID is COMM. I know it's not the wireless from the Pilot across the street. Their SSID is Sericom and I can see it in the list of HotSpots. I suspect this WiFi connection belongs to the Ramada Inn next door to us. I turned around in their parking lot and noticed a banner advertising free WiFi access. Better than Pilot. Sericom costs $6 for 24 hours if memory serves, which it probably doesn't.

Gonna get the pix fixed up for you guys and hit the sack. We'll easily make Arkansas tomorrow.

Oh, the other detour... See the pix below.

T o d a y ' s    P i c t u r e s
Click on a pix for a larger view
This sign is on the door... Of this quaint looking building. The Third Little Pig couldn't make it to the photo shoot. Notice the Big Bad Wolf getting ready to climb down the chimney. Notice also that the building is built from bricks. In other words... if you see cows or horses or chickens or goats or... wandering around on the road, please don't hit them. Like I wrote above, today we traveled the boonies. I did see one unescorted horse ambling down the side of the road.
Miniature horses! Attention June!! The one closest to the camera has beautiful blue eyes. This is the Toledo Bend Reservoir. This is the causeway over the reservoir. Leading to.. Oh, WOW! A bonus state!! This was, believe it or not, The Navigator's idea. He figured that since we were so close to Texas that we might visit. So we were there just long enough to take this pix. Texas... brought to you by The Navigator.

T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Begin: 8:30am
End: 8:30pm
Net (includes stops): 12 hrs, 0 mins
Begin odometer: 149,563
End odometer: 150,006
Net miles today: 443
Average MPH: 36.9
Total trip miles: 1,334

Price: $46 at 2.189/gal
Bought in: Eunice, LA
Food, ice, etc.: $13
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00

T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
From JP in FL, a short morality play:

A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa, taking her faithful, aged Poodle, named Cuddles, along for the company.

One day the Poodle starts chasing butterflies and before long, Cuddles discovers that she's lost. Wandering about, she notices a leopard heading rapidly in her direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old Poodle thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!" Noticing some bones on the ground close by, she immediately settles down to chew on the bones with her back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old Poodle exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here?"

Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of fear comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. "Whew!", says the leopard, "That was close! That old Poodle nearly had me!"

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So off he goes, but the old Poodle sees him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figures that something must be up.

The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!"

Now, the old Poodle sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?", but instead of running, the dog sits down with her back to her attackers, pretending she hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old Poodle says:

"Where's that damn monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!"


Don't mess with old farts...age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill! And, brilliance only comes with age and experience!

The Navigator insisted I add this thought to the story: Schnauzers are much smarter than Poodles.

T o d a y ' s    J o k e
No joke today. But here's a wicked connect the dots game. Enjoy!

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