Dec 25 2009
We’re almost to Texas!
Today was quite uneventful, driving-wise. We left Cape Girardeau, Missouri, at 7 a.m. in light snow and a lot of wind, but the roads were fine. We got quite a geography lesson heading south. I didn’t realize the Mississippi River valley was so flat–almost like the Red River Valley in North Dakota. We saw fields of cotton and rice that still had stalks standing, and a lot of flooding from the heavy rains of the past few days.
We pulled in to Memphis in time for a beautiful Christmas Day song service. One of the things we enjoy when traveling is attending church services along the way. We attend church regularly at home, and it’s no different when we’re on the road.
Our biggest concern about driving on Christmas Day had been finding a place to eat. On the way from the church to the Interstate, there were three restaurants open near one interchange. We chose IHOP and had a nice meal before getting on the road again.
From Memphis, we headed south on I-55. After a 3-hour drive, an hour church service, and then sitting through lunch, we weren’t sure how the kids would do for the rest of the day. They were real troopers, as we drove from 12:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with just one stop. The kids had a few minor arguments, but for their third day of 8-hour drives, they did pretty well. Two napped in the car, two didn’t, and we listened to a lot of music and had snacks along the way.
We got to Baton Rouge just after dark and it was 44 degrees outside. Apparently, that’s quite cold for this territory, but we’re glad to be clear of the snow.
I made a quick supper in our room and now we’re having a quiet movie night. Bedtime will be soon and in the morning we hope to finally make it to Texas.
Midwesterners, please chime in with a weather report. Are we missing a good, fun winter snow, or did we do well to get out when we did and head south?