Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day Three - A Four State Day!

Crossing the Mississippi River
Yesterday I prepared a large pot of chili as we got ready to hit the road.  Today would be a four State day and drive-thru's just aren't an option with a Big Horn "on yer tail"!  In fact, a lot of things seem to be impossible as we travel along the highways.  

When you're in a car and you see some strange roadside attraction, you might be tempted to pull over and take a closer look.  Pulling a "big rig" makes such temptations a bit riskier as you have to be very careful to determine that when you pull off the main road that you have the ability to park or turn around or even room to stop as we're as long as a semi-truck from nose to tail. 

Somewhere in AL
Resisting such temptations means that a lot of my "traveling pictures" are taken from the window of a moving vehicle.  I've learned to keep the camera handy as America presents some very interesting sights as you travel along the highways and byways.  I couldn't resist a "shot" at this fierce looking helicopter hanging out alongside an intersection in Alabama. 

In one day, we traveled from Alabama to Mississippi to Tennessee and finally to Little Rock, Arkansas where we spent the night at a familiar "Wally World" having slept there once before.  This would be the most states that we would cross in one day on this journey and it was made doubly tiring by heavy rains and head winds most of the day.  The weather definitely seems to be against us and the price of gas (diesel) is holding steady around $4.00 a gallon.  Both the weather and the price of gas are becoming a negative factor on our budget.  

The roads, however, seem to be in better condition then on our previous trip through this area.  The pictures are staying on the walls and the cabinets aren't spilling their contents on the floor.  While preparing to hit the road this time, we've taken a long hard look at the contents of every cabinet, closet, drawer and our "basement" and eliminated a few more things that haven't been used since we hit the road in June '09.  Also, because we're planning to do a lot more "overnighting" at "Wally Worlds", we're carrying less groceries and supplies than we usually would have on board.  All of this (we hope) will factor in on the plus side of our gas budget.

"Seven days you shall eat matzah, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD. Unleavened bread shall be eaten throughout the seven days; and no leavened bread shall be seen with you, neither shall there be yeast seen with you, in all your borders.  You shall tell your son in that day, saying, 'It is because of that which the LORD did for me when I came forth out of Mitzrayim.'"
                                                                                                     Exodus 13:5-8

We ARE carrying multiple boxes of matzah and matzah or matzo works well as crackers in chili or the basis of "matza pizza" and these are perfect "road foods".  Traveling during the Feast of Unleavened Bread can be a real challenge without some careful preparation.  For us, there's no option to stop at Burger King or Subway or Pizza Hut as we carefully avoid eating any bread/yeast products.  Traveling can be very tiring even as a passenger and it can be a temptation to grab something quick and easy along to road.  Keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread has to be faced with every gas stop with food, but it's really helped our traveling budget as we feast on healthier snacks like fruit, cheese and boiled eggs.  I'm sure the Israelites weren't faced with this temptation as they traveled from Sukkot to Etam.  They were blessed with a "pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night" to lead them.  We have to make do with the internet and our Rand McNally Road Atlas!  We covered 373 total miles today. Lead on! 

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