Crooked and Steep Roads Ahead

Trip Start Mar 12, 2009
Trip End Jul 24, 2009

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Hello from Arkansas! 

We are currently in a library in Garland County so that Tom can finish up his apartment application.  Driving from the Ozark Scenic Riverways National Park in Missouri to the Hot Springs of Arkansas was quite an adventure.  The scenic byways we were on passed through the Ozarks and, to put it into perspective, one road sign said "Crooked and Steep Driving Ahead Next 37 miles".  Christine mentioned that it was like driving on a roller coaster track and became a little nauseous. We drove through Eminence, Missouri (Pop. 548) and had some of the best fried green beans and strawberry malts we've ever had.  Earlier in the day we met a young couple from Arkansas who seemed to be running away from life.  They had been driving since the night before and wanted to know which way to a major city so they could start a new life.

A somewhat interesting side note is that the animals near the side of the road have changed.  Instead of seeing deer, we've been seeing lots of stray dogs roaming the sides of the road.  Tom wanted to mention, on a slightly more morbid note, there has been a significant amount of armadillo roadkill.

The campground here in Arkansas is likely the worst yet.  There are no fire pits, no showers, and there are giant streetlights that stay on throughout the night.  Additionally, the campground is undergoing a significant amount of construction so a large portion of the campsites are closed.  Therefore, we're only a few feet away on either side from our neighbors despite there only being about 10 people camping.  However, there is a beautiful creek that runs just by the campsite that provides white noise to drown out the nearby road.

We plan on seeing the Hot Springs later this afternoon and tomorrow along with the historic district of town.

Tom and Christine

Total Miles Driven: ~1500 miles
Altitude: ~ .3 miles (although was near .6 during Ozark driving)
Different State License Plates Seen: 19
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