Wow. It’s 11:45 PM on Friday the 31st. Adam McLane is editing video from the day and I’m doing this recap before setting up a photo album of the day’s trek. We’re in Ft. Worth, TX. It’s a psychological victory to get past Dallas, though I’d hoped to get to Abilene, pipe dream as that was. We made too many stops to really make that feasible, so we’re changing up the plan for tomorrow; more on that soon. First of all, to everyone that’s “liked” a picture, post, video, etc. thanks! It’s wonderful to see support. And to build momentum through the weekend, please consider a few things:
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So today we left Nashville at 6:15 AM. It was early. E.A.R.L.Y. Especially after a long day of packing and prepping. But there was a certain anticipation to the day and we were in good spirits. We encountered a lot of rain between Nashville and Memphis, and it’s a good thing that Adam had the water proof casing for his GoPro camera. Speaking of the GoPro, we’ve been experimenting with various angles for the camera, mounting it on the sides of the truck, the roof and other places. Lots of fun stuff. Here are a few highlights:
Memphis: we stopped by Sun Studios (a favorite destination for me – Adam was very polite as I music-geeked out), as well as the Lorraine Hotel / National Civil Rights Museum, as well as passing by Beale Street, the Arcade Restaurant and other spots. I also got flipped off by a driver who I thought could spot the 26′ truck + trailer with turn signal in front of him; Adam got it on tape.
Arkansas: Then it was across the river into Arkansas, a state where we observed the following:
– very active highway patrols – very inactive (i.e. – dead) armadillos – poor highway conditions seemingly unaffected by the stimulus – The Clinton Presidential Library – an inordinately high number of cars with souped up rims, particularly in the small town of Gurdon. We ran into a really nice guy with 28″ rims on his car (see picture of me and how I might be able to fit inside the rims). Adam said, “I saw another car down the street with some too”. The guy replied, “green ones?” Adam: yeah.” “Guy: He’s got 30″ rims. He’s my cousin.”
Gurdon is the home of the museum and headquarters for the International Concatenated Order of Hoo Hoo, a fraternal organization for those in the lumber industry. It’s a mere 5 miles off of the freeway, down a road that we named Deliverance Parkway. Fortunately our truck ran great and we made the 10 mile roundtrip (from the freeway) without a problem, and got to see the Hoo Hoo Museum, as well as a crazy-cool, funky print shop (that was closed for the day) in downtown Gurdon.
We straddled Arkansas and Texas in Texarkana, AR/TX, where the state line splits the post office / federal building. It’s also where we realized that we had, quite possibly, the longest possible path across Texas to complete. From there it was a haul to get through / around Dallas and on to our hotel in Ft. Worth. Tomorrow (ie – today, as I write), we’ll get another early start, with breakfast coordinated via Facebook and a friend of Adam’s, and then get across the rest of the state. We’ll stop less, in order to make more time, but try to get some more stories from fellow travelers.
Sorry if we were boring: In the middle of the day my lovely wife Michele texted me to tell us that we were being boring and “too NPR”. I’ll confess that she may have been right – the stress and energy of prepping left me less upbeat, but we tried to remedy this with our immaturity and bad eating habits. To wit, we’ve done a couple of things to lighten ourselves up:
1) Penske Cab Confessions: We’re also filming something that we’re calling Penske Cab Confessions, a rip-off of HBO’s Taxi Cab Confessions in name only. We’ll be sharing some of our favorite road trip snacks – the things we rarely, if ever, eat outside the confines of a road trip. It’s not good food, but it is delicious. It’s not always pretty. Sometimes it’s even frightening, but we’re here to open the doors on the real life of a road trip.
2) Straddling state lines: After 10 hours in the truck, words like “straddle” just made us laugh, so expect more immature humor, which will, at the least, make us laugh.
Thanks again for joining us in this adventure. Hit us up on Twitter & Facebook and maybe we can meetup on the way.
Dave PS – Trucker Nods! Adam has been attempting to get the affirmation of big rig drivers every chance he gets, which entails said drivers reciprocating Adam’s nod of recognition and a quick wave. So far I’d say he’s batting .500, which is pretty good. I got one myself with an index finger wave, which was a great ego boost.