Tuesday, June 8, 2010


We drove through Kansas amidst a downpour yesterday. Pretty miserable driving conditions but good news…no tornado! YAY.

We stopped for a late lunch at a Spangles. Never been to one before and never heard of one before. It was a 50 style fast food diner. Most of the fam got milkshakes or smoothies and the hubby got a chili burger. He said it was “Okay.” I got a turkey pita sandwich which was slightly warmed and it was pretty good. We had driven ahead of the storm at this point but it caught up with us so we again set out in the pouring rain. We passed an overturned semi at one point that I’m guessing high winds had knocked over. Glad we missed those!

Once we hit Oklahoma the skies started to clear a bit and the temp slowly warmed. We went underneath an overpass at one point and saw a policeman stop in the middle of the other side of the highway. He got out and his car was blocking traffic. As we passed we saw him look up so I looked behind us and up on the overpass traffic was blocked everywhere. I’m not sure if someone was up there threatening to jump, throwing something down onto the freeway or what. But they didn’t block our side just the other side so that was kind of odd.

We got out in the cold wind and took pics by the Oklahoma sign and quickly went on our way.

By the time we got to Arkansas the skies and the temp had considerably improved (and so had my attitude!) We were all singing and in generally good spirits when we landed in Ft. Smith to spend the night. The town had some character and I liked what I saw of it. Plus our motel was nice and I got a pretty good night’s sleep.

Today we stopped for lunch in Scott, Arkansas at Cotham’s. It’s known for it’s “Hubcap”-size burgers. We saw it featured on Man Vs. Food. Rachel Ray has feautured it and I guess President Bush also reportedly ate there. It’s in an old hardware store on the river. The place definitely had atmosphere to it. My daughter, Kamica, was a little freaked out. The place was packed when we got there. You just park out in the field across the street and there were lots of cars.

I split a burger with my man. It wasn’t exactly the size of a hubcap like we expected but it WAS pretty big and it was messy and juicy. It was good. We also all split their famous Mississippi Mud Pie which finally got Kamica to smile. It was rich and delicious.

All in all, a fun visit. And I’m loving Arkansas’s weather.

Now, we are moving onto Franklin, Tennessee for the night. Loved, loved, loved Franklin two summers ago. I’m also loving all the Christian billboards I’m seeing with scripture verses or sayings on them in the South. We need more of those in the North!

Please keep praying for our family as we have been doing a lot of driving. We’ve been in the car over 25 hours in the last 2 days. Thanks!

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