Saturday, September 8, 2007

Barges on the Mississippi River

Location, Texarkana, TX

We watched tugs pushing barges both up and down the Mississippi River from the camper last night and this morning before we left Tom Sawyer RV Park in West Memphis. Pretty neat!

We drove I-40 to Texarkana today. It is a boring drive but you really need to be on your toes all the time because of the trucks passing. I-40 is truck heaven. We probably saw 5,000 trucks today, no kidding. The road is mostly in good condition but there are parts that try your soul. The old concrete is warped and buckled and really bounces the trailer around.

We are stopped for the night at a KOA. After arriving we drove downtown to see the post office/courthouse building which sits half in Arkansas and half in Texas. The crepe myrtle in front of the building was in bloom and looked really nice.

A story from 2 days ago: some people may remember the song “Convoy” by C. W. McCall from years ago. In the song the truck convoy picks up a truck load of pigs going to market. The smell is so bad; they tell the driver to get way back in the convoy. Well, I can vouch for the smell. We followed a truck as it entered the Interstate in Illinois loaded with large hogs. The smell was so bad that I dropped back until I was at least a mile behind and we could still smell the pigs.