Day 3 Trip to GA: I've reached the Bible Belt!

Trip Start Jun 19, 2007
Trip End Jul 06, 2007

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I've made it to Shreveport folks! And what an exciting day!

I started my day off in Texas. IT seems to wake up hot in that place. Ugh. Why ANYONE would want to live there is beyond me. However, I did find out what they do with their rocks. They take them to a rock refinery. That's right. A rock refinery. And once the rocks arrive, they make them into itty bitty rocks which those of us in Cali call "sand." Those crazy Texans! They should just drive a little into New Mexico or Arizona and take THEIR sand. God knows they have a TON! I was able to solve this rock mystery as there was a pile of pulverized rocks (sand) and a construction hat which was HUGE!

Hardly any wind today Kind of a pleasant drive for the most part. All was going very nicely 'til I got JUST past Dallas. Lights flashing, sirens sounding... Mel being pulled over. For what? Come on folks, what would a Mel get pulled over for? That's right. SPEEDING! Can you believe I had the audacity to go 68 in a 65 zone?!? I know. Never mind the big ass truck ahead of me pulling away from me. My friend Steph asked me why I was only doing 68. My reply? "The truck ahead of me was only going that fast and I couldn't go around." LOL! I know, not funny. Well, it kind of was. So I got a stern Texas Trooper warning. I deserved it. After all, my average speed has been over 80 most of the way. I did offer him a Twinkie as a peace offering.

So I left the nice officer and proceeded another 60 miles or so and "SPLAT!" I hit a bird. Well, I'm thinking the bird hit me. I can't see my roof, but it sounded like it hurt. I don't think he lived either as I heard him thud his way toward the back of my car via the roof. Bummer.

I got to LA and man is it pretty here. Trees EVERYWHERE! Very green. I hope the paper companies don't hear of this place. Shreveport is more industrial than I thought. And the freeways are wicked crazy at rush hour. I do like that they paint the route number on the road so you know which lane to be in. Idiot proof for us weary travelers. Found my hotel and am now shivering my way through the evening. (Can't figure out how to turn the cold down. That's why God made blankets.)

Speaking of God...

When I wet to forge for food, I discovered I was definitely in the bible belt. Why? Well in Cali we have political campaign posters on every corner. Here they have church posters on every corner. Funny! On one there is a ad for Baptise, Methodist, and Prodistant! I had to giggle. Its kind of nice to see though. Sure beats the heck out of political propaganda!

AND I saw a lightening bug! My little eyes welled right up. It smells like Iowa here and the crickets are singing and lightening bugs! Pretty kewl. I wish I had more time here, but I have to leave in the morning. Georgia tomorrow. I'm pretty excited!

'Til tomorrow...
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