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Vicksburg, Mississippi, 2625 miles. i am more than half-way. Traveled through Louisiana today. It is beautiful, wooded and swampy. Stayed off the Interstate, just meandered along US 80, slow and relaxing. East Texas is beautiful, too. It was an overcast day, then sunny, then overcast. I really thought it was going to rain, but didn’t. I have been so lucky with the weather – is it all waiting for me when I get to the Northeast?

Stopped for a late lunch in Louisiana; the first place that looked likely had already closed for lunch, but another man was there and disappointed, too. So I asked where else there was to eat around there, and he sent me to the Country Cottage, real food, good food. I had a crawfish fried pie, with a salad and sweet tea, and it was delicious. The cook came out to see if I liked it, and then suggested that maybe I would like to take a fruit fried pie along for a snack later. I did, a sweet potato fried pie. Everyone has been so friendly and cheerful.

The road was another two-lane blacktop, and sometimes I was the only car in sight. It was narrow and lined with tall trees. There is a lot of logging here, and mills along the way. The purple trees are not plum, but red bud. This road, unlike the highway in Texas, had no pull-offs for picnics or rest, so every time I stopped was in a town and there were no red buds to photograph. I hope to get some pictures of them tomorrow, they are just so delightful popping up here and there. All this blooming, though, is aggravating allergies. I have been congested since yesterday; last night really hoped that I’m not developing a cold, sure don’t want to be sick on the road, but I think it’s allergies.

Shrevesport was a pretty city, with some very abandoned areas, and some very posh and renovated. Most the abandoned streets – yes whole streets, look like it didn’t happen just yesterday. All through the state, there was a feeling of decay and rust. Yards covered with rusting vehicles, washing machines, farm equipment, rusting tin roofs on shacks, shacks that looked held together with masking tape, shacks that were simply sinking back to earth. And there were also nice ranch houses with large yards, pastures with cows, pretty residential streets with trees all around.

Crossed the Mississippi just as a huge red sun was setting behind me, and the full moon was coming out. It is wide here, with a lovely bridge. Vicksburg on first sight seems very lush – green and treed. I hope to take some time tomorrow to look around, before heading for Janet and John in Alabama.

East Texas

East Texas

Oil Pump

Oil Pump

Texas-sized chair

Texas-sized chair

Downtown Shrevesport

Downtown Shrevesport

Canton, Texas. Finally did get off the Interstate today, an easy 50 miles up to US 180. It was so pleasant, two lane blacktop, no trucks, litle traffic and many towns to go through. I had a lovely lunch at the Prairie Star, real food and sweet tea. The worst of the drive was getting through Fort Worth/Dallas. Must be an hour across, all freeways intersecting, traffic all over the place going this way and that. However, the terrain becomes more lovely about an hour outside Fort Worth. It begins to get more wooded, and the other side of Dallas the landscape is quite lush. Trees are blooming, some white blossoms perhaps apple or cherry and some stunning purple that just scream plum. Each time it was a delightful surprise to see them.

It was another very warm day – high 70’s. I finally stopped to get cotton socks and canvas shoes – my feet needed to breathe, and I didn’t want to unload the van to find the suitcase with summer clothes and sandals. They had my size shoes in lime green. Very stylish. I haven’t seen a Starbucks in days, but a Walmart in every town. There is something here that has my throat scratchy – maybe those blossoming trees.

We’re at 2300 miles, and I think I’m getting nearly 20 mpg. Tomorrow before I start out I should check the oil and tire pressure. Otherwise, everything seems so good. Tomorrow Louisiana. I’ve never been there and am looking forward to it. Til then.

Windmills

Windmills

So much of the drive through Texas

So much of the drive through Texas

In the Prairie Star Cafe

In the Prairie Star Cafe

Another Prairie Star trophy

Another Prairie Star trophy