If you can't talk the heat, get a motel

Trip Start May 29, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Arkansas
Friday, June 19, 2009

So for the last several days the deep South has been having the worst heat wave. We were so concerned about cold weather that it never crossed our mind that it was possible to be too hot. There have already been two times before where it was so hot that sleeping outside or in the car was impossible. Heat in the South seems to be different than heat in the North. In the North, when the sun goes down so does the temperature. The South has its own set of rules. Even without the sun the temperature stays in the low 90s/high 80s well past midnight. Earlier in the day it had been above 100 degrees. We knew that it was going to be next to impossible to sleep to we decided to use a battery powered fan that Teta and Gidoo gave us to keep the car cool. Brandon began rigging up the fan to the car window using cardboard and duck tape. It didn't really cool the car off too much because the air outside was in the 90s, but we figured that just circulating the air might cool it off slightly. Unfortunately, the fan gave the mosquitos a front door into our sleeping quarters. After flipping the fan to pull hot air out of the car(which didn't help) bugs were still managing to get in. So I suggested that we close the windows and just hang the fan in front of us so that we might actually feel the air. We ran some twine between the two front doors and hung the fan. The air felt good but we though more would be needed to fall asleep. So Brandon ran into Wal-mart and picked up a second fan. It was enough for us to fall asleep...for about an hour. I woke up at around 11:30pm, choking on air!(yes that is possible). The air is so thick down here that it actually suffocates you! I told Brandon that this wasn't working and that we needed to get inside. So at midnight we found ourselves driving around town, looking for a motel. We have learned a valuable lesson. If it is above 80 degrees at night, you get a motel! Now if we can make it out of this heat wave without going broke.
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