Trip Start May 05, 2010
49Trip End Jul 20, 2011
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Weather: Warm to Hot, 25C Night – 35C Day
We decided to follow the Mississippi River north to Tennessee. The thought crossed our minds that it may be less humid away from the Gulf of Mexico. No such luck!
The Mississippi river is in fact a delta. Delta meaning, flat and stinking hot. It is also cursed with large numbers of mozzies. These reach plague proportions in areas where Aussie travelers camp for the night.
The only thing that comes in greater numbers than the mozzies is the number of Baptist Churches
You should be at church to see who isn't!
Why worry! PRAY.
Heaven is coming. Are you ready.
Get a free trip to heaven. Prepare to meet God.
Give me bloody strength. (one of mine)
Another thing that Mississippi has is a large proportion of black Americans. They have the most beautiful children, particularly the little girls with their hair done in pigtails and coloured bows. The closer you get to Tennessee the thinner on the ground the black Americans get
Another thing that may be uniquely American is the trailer home. These appear to very popular with the rural 'not so wealthy’. They lack any architectural flair (dead boring) and are replicated by mobile home builders all over the South. Your typical mobile home of four bedrooms sells for US$48,000. It comes ready to plonk in the trailer park or on the plot of land of your choice. Mass production for a mass market obviously keeps prices down.
Arrived at Smoky Mountains National Park this afternoon. It appears to be another American icon like Yellowstone, with busy roads and lots of vacationers. It must be the place that those on the East coast go to get a touch of mountain wilderness. But from first impressions, it, like Yellowstone not only lacks wilderness, but also the other wonders that make Yellowstone in the end unforgettable. Unfortunately the natural beauty of the park is lost, in part, to American commercialism. Vacationers, in bright yellow tyre tubes, floating down the parks river make it appear like a theme park.
Whilst buying some of the local brew the other day I initiated a code 7 alert at the checkout in a supermarket
We will continue to follow the Appalachian Mountains to the North, trying to stay of the interstates, as we try to find the myth that was the movie Deliverance.
"GOD BLESS AMERICA"