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Day 5 - Saturday, June 21, 2008
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Didja ever have one of those days? Well, today was one of those days. Sorta boring, actually. We can't get near the river because all the roads are blocked due to the flooding. And I didn't see anything that would make an interesting pic. Just signs for June. Maybe tomorrow will be more interesting.

Today's highlight was driving through Wickliffe, KY again. This small town was the end of the US Route 60 East trip in May, 2005.

Tonight we're camped at a Flying J in Memphis, TN. Parked under a nice shade tree that, until the sun went down, was full of chirping birds.

As long as there's not too much to write about today's travel, let me answer a couple of questions submitted by ever constant readers.

"What's the weather been like."
Good question. And I apologize for not mentioning it before. We have been very lucky. Every day has been sunny, high 70s to low 80s, with a beautiful blue sky. A few clouds every now and then. The evenings have started off warm but once the sun goes down it cools off rapidly. Up north in Minnesota it hit 40 one night. Last night in St. Louis it hit 60. Tonight I expect 68 or so. All in all, perfect traveling weather. And Snoopy and I both appreciate the sleeping bag :)

"I've been watching the number of hours you travel per day. How can you sit in the truck and drive 10-12 hours per day?"
Another good question. It's not as bad as you think. The driving hours start when we start in the morning and end when we quit driving in the evening. So the hours include stops to buy gas, stops to take pictures of state welcome signs for June :), stops to eat, stops to pee, stops to take a pic of something interesting, etc. The hours even include, on occasion, to be truthful, time spent napping on the side of the road.

For example, today I stopped for gas in Steel, MO. I went in the store to buy a soda pop. They had booths where you could sit and eat. There were several people sitting there. As I walked by, one of them asked me, "Where's Aiken County, South Carolina?" I guess they had seen the front license plate on the truck. Either that, or they work for the CIA :). I told them. They asked why I was in Steele, MO. I told them. We got into a wonderful conversation. After about 45 minutes I excused myself and hit the road. If I had not we would probably still be there talking. What a great bunch of people. Salt of the earth. And that 45 minutes is included in the hours for today.

So, you see, it's not as bad as it looks. Typically, you can subtract 2 to 3 hours each day for stops, etc.

Thanks for the good questions.

Tomorrow we'll drive down into Mississippi. The state, not the river :). We've got a stop to make (more on that tomorrow) so I'm thinking we'll aim for the Flying J in Jackson, MS for tomorrow night.

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Here ya go June, an orgy of signs :)
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Drive Time:
Begin: 9:00am
End: 9:00pm
Net (includes stops): 12 hrs, 0 mins
Trip Mileage:
Begin odometer: 54,497
End odometer: 54,925
Net miles today: 428
Average MPH: 35.7
Total trip miles: 3,230

Gas Mileage:
Average MPG to date: 15.5

Expenses:
Gasoline: $62.00
     Price: $3.899/gal
     Bought in: Bloomsdale, MO
Gasoline: $72.00
     Price: $3.899/gal
     Bought in: Steele, MO
Food, ice, etc.: $16.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $5.00 - Internet access
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From Ben in VA:

So, you're out of your mind. But is it your left mind or your right mind you're out of? Put your mind at ease by taking this test to find out. Can you will her to change direction?

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From spankyone from parts unknown:

Blonde, spotting banana peel ahead on the sidewalk, says...

"Damn! Here we go AGAIN"

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