Started here:

Russellville, AR
Missing States I
Day 13 - Thursday, May 18, 2006
Ended here:

Birmingham, AL

Happy   Birthday   June!

T o d a y ' s    N a r r a t i v e
There's not too much to write about today. Driving hard towards Aiken County.

I thought about finishing the drive today but that would have meant driving until midnight and I prefer to not drive after dark. So we're camped in a Flying J Travel Plaza in Birmingham, AL for the night.

Mapquest says we've got about five hours of driving left. Should be home tomorrow afternoon. That will be nice :)

T o d a y ' s    P i c t u r e s
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You've probably seen a dog riding in the back of a pickup truck. This pix is sorta like that. Except it's a pickup flatbed pulling a fifth wheel horse trailer. Gotta feel sorry of the poor dog. He (she?) did not look too happy. The guy driving passed me like I was standing still. I had to speed up to almost 90 to catch him so I could take this pix.

You can't see it, but the dog is leashed to the truck. And the leash is long enough that the dog could jump out of the truck. This borders on criminal!

I didn't know toads could do that :)

Please ignore the filthy van from South Carolina.

T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Begin: 6:30am
End: 5:30pm
Net (includes stops): 11 hrs, 0 mins
Begin odometer: 159,097
End odometer: 159,571
Net miles today: 474
Average MPH: 43.1
Total trip miles: 5,275

Gasoline: $60.00
     Price: $2.599/gal
     Bought in: West Memphis, AR
Food, ice, etc.: $17
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $5.00 - Internet access at Flying J

T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
From the one and only Julius Henry Marx*:

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

* You probably know him by his stage name, Groucho Marx.

T o d a y ' s    J o k e
The Blonde Year in Review, from Elizabeth in SC:

January - Took her new scarf back to the store because it was too tight.

February - Couldn't work in a pharmacy because the bottles wouldn't fit into the typewriter.

March - Got excited when she finished a jigsaw puzzle in 6 months because the box said "2-4 years".

April - Was trapped on an escalator for hours when the power went out.

May - Couldn't make Kool-Aid because 8 cups of water won't fit into those little packets.

June - Couldn't learn to water ski because she couldn't find a lake with a slope.

July - After losing in a breast stroke swimming competition, complained to the judges that the other swimmers were using their arms.

August - Told her blonde friend to hurry when trying to get into their locked car using a coat hanger because it was starting to rain and the top was down.

September - Answered "C" when asked what the capital of California was.

October - Hates M & M's because they are so hard to peel.

November - Baked a turkey for 5 days because the instructions said 1 hour per pound and she weighed 120.

December - Couldn't call 911 because there was no "11" on any phone button.

N a v i g a t i o n
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