Started here:

Clinton, MO
Marching To The Trial
Day 6 - Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Ended here:

East Peoria, Illinois

T o d a y ' s    N a r r a t i v e
Since today officially started at 12:00am, let me tell you about 3:00am.

Yesterday (Tues) the weather report said there would be some thunder storms building overnight and that the downpour could become fierce and that there may be hail.

Consider that the roof of the van is just a piece of sheet steel. And that the roof is the only thing separating us from the elements.

Now that the scene has been set...

At 3:00am I was awakened by a tremendous flash of light followed immediately by a thunderclap so loud it hurt my ears. Snoopy (who does not like thunder) went nuts. Shaking and crying. I pulled him into bed with me and he settled down a little.

Then it started raining. Very loud as the rain drops hit the van roof. And there was more lightening and thunder. And Snoop continued to have a fit. Finally I sort of got used to the noise and started drifting back asleep.

Then I work up again. The noise on the roof had changed. It had become much louder. I was half asleep and wondering how much bigger the rain drops were gonna get. I raised up to look out the window and saw that the noise was being made by hail! About pea sized. It sounded like a machine gun being fired. The hail stones that hit the windshield exploded on contact and sounded like a firecracker going off. LOUD!! This went on for about 15 minutes. Then the hail stopped but the downpour continued.

Long story short, I really didn't get back to sleep until about 6:00am when the rain finally changed to a drizzle. And then I didn't wake up until 9:30am which is why we didn't get rolling today until 10:00am. Fortunately there was no hail damage to the van. I guess the hail stones were too small (thank goodness :).

The day has been cloudy, dark and rainy. NOT a good traveling day. Sorry the pix aren't much.

However, while driving through Hamilton, MO I noticed a very interesting mural on the side of a building. The mural celebrates the town of Hamilton and it's hometown star, J. C. Penny of department store fame. Here's a link to info about Mr. Penny. Fascinating. Click the links under "Sub Topics" to read the entire story.

The mural was quite large. So large that I couldn't do it justice in one picture. So I took pics of the mural in sections and used the Autostitch program to create a panograph of the mural. The Autostitch program is still experimental but I think it did a fairly decent job. See the pix below.

Tonight we're in Wally's parking lot again. Tomorrow I hope to finish our visit in Illinois and then do the run to Louisville on Friday.

T o d a y ' s    P i c t u r e s
Click on a pix for a larger view
These are the pics... that I took... of the sections... of the mural.
And here's the panograph produced by the Autostitch program. One more for June. This will be the last state sign as Illinois the last state we're visiting on this trip. The Louisville portion of the trip doesn't count.

T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Begin: 10:00am
End: 9:30pm
Net (includes stops): 11 hrs, 30 mins
Begin odometer: 150,859
End odometer: 151,348
Net miles today: 489
Average MPH: 42.5
Total trip miles: 2676

Price: $47 at 2.159/gal
Bought in: Kirksville, MO
Food, ice, etc.: $6
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00

T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
From Terry in Aiken:

Another reason you should not mess with a child...

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.

After explaining the commandment to "honor thy Father and thy Mother", she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?"

Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest child in the family) answered, "Thou shall not kill."

T o d a y ' s    J o k e
From Elizabeth in SC:

Not new, but worth a repeat...

One day, in line at the company cafeteria, Joe says to Mike behind him," My elbow hurts like hell. I guess I better see a doctor."

"Listen, you don't have to spend that kind of money," Mike replies. "There's a diagnostic computer down at Wal*Mart. Just give it a urine sample and the computer will tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. It only takes ten seconds and costs ten dollars...a lot cheaper than a doctor."

So Joe deposits a urine sample in a small jar and takes it to Wal*Mart. He inserts ten dollars and the computer lights up and asks for the urine sample. He pours the sample into the slot and waits. Ten seconds later, the computer ejects a printout:

You have tennis elbow. Soak your arm in warm water and avoid heavy activity. It will improve in two weeks.

Thank you for shopping at Wal*Mart.

That evening while thinking how amazing this new technology was, Joe began wondering if the computer could be fooled. He mixed some tap water, a stool sample from his dog, urine samples from his wife and daughter and a sperm sample for good measure. Joe hurries back to Wal*Mart, eager to check the results. He deposits ten dollars, pours in his concoction, and awaits the results.

The computer prints the following:

1. Your tap water is too hard. Get a water softener. (Aisle 9)
2. Your dog has ringworm. Bathe him with anti-fungal shampoo. (Aisle 7)
3. Your daughter has a cocaine habit. Get her into rehab.
4. Your wife is pregnant. Twins. They aren't yours. Get a lawyer.
5. If you don't stop playing with yourself, your elbow will never get better.

Thank you for shopping Wal*Mart.

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