Today is Thursday January 01, 2009
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
We are awake at the crack of dawn and I have the weather channel on trying to get some sense of what the weather is going to be doing back home in a few days. It looks like a big storm is brewing in the American West and it has the potential to be in Southern Ontario by Sunday. Ontario Long Range forecasts are calling for freezing rain in Southern Ontario for Sunday. I think we better get moving out of here and start heading as far north as we can, as quickly as we can. Our destination for tonight will be Hope Arkansas. That is about 1100 KM or for you who don’t understand metric, it is about 700 miles. That is a lot of driving, but I am getting to be a pro at these long hauls.
We checked out of our hotel and drove over the causeway to the mainland. We will miss the days we spent here, but we will be back next year. We would like to spend several months here if that is possible.
First stop was for a quick breakfast at McDonalds in Kingsville Texas. It was too early when we left the hotel and they had not set out the breakfast yet. I was craving an Egg McMuffin anyways and Karen wanted a Tea and Muffin. Back on the road and our next stop was for fuel in Ganado Texas. We had made some sandwiches for the road and put them in our cooler along with some pop and water, so we ate as we were driving to save time. We had to stop in Lufkin Texas for more fuel. I never let the tank get to be less than half full. I think it is just good common sense to not be running on fumes and wondering where the gas station is.
It was dark by the time we got to The Day’s Inn in Hope Arkansas. That was a long day of driving just to get out of Texas and into Arkansas. We found a Wendy’s near the hotel and also found a Baskin Robins were Karen was able to enjoy her favourite of the 31 flavours… Chocolate Fudge.
We will be awake again at the crack of dawn because tomorrow I want to get us at least into Indiana before calling it a day. If we can get home by Saturday evening then we will be ahead of the freezing rain storms predicted for Sunday at home. The race is on.