Monday, June 25, ’12
1)Pilot 4 postcards cash $1.09
2)McDonalds Jackson lunch Fidelity Checking $28.02
3)Shell ice cream Fidelity Checking $5.18
4)Best Western of Hurricane Mills room 123-A T-check $119.22
5)Log Cabin Restaurant dinner T-check $72.02
6)Pilot gas and flat of water cash $30.40
7)Pilot 4 postcards cash $1.10
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TOT: $257.03

Pilot dishwashing liquid Kenny $2.62

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Monday, June 25, ’12
H-99 Hurricane Mills L H 68 L 53 H H 61 L 53 RAIN M H 67 L 51
L-61 C H 97 L 73
Bear update: The Bear says We Have Defeated The Amazon Queen Party. TR says,, “She played dirty tricks to no avail.” Moose say, “Just like you, Bear!” Lou says we will have a Dirty Tricks Party. We will serve the Amazon’s Dirty Foods. The Amazon says, “The Amazon Queen has escaped with her Load Of Pirates.”
We woke up to sun. Will it last? No! It got cloudy. The temperature in Hurricane Mills climbed to 99.
Tucson 101/79 Cookeville 84/59 Brooklyn 76/60 T-STORMS
We woke up at 7:30AM. We got dressed and ate breakfast. We loaded the car in the steamy heat. We checked out of room 123 at 9:53AM. The first pit stop was exit 42 Pilot. I found postcards. The second pit stop was at McDonalds exit 56. We stopped for lunch at the McDonalds at Jackson at exit 80A. Then we looked for exit 108, which was the next McConalds where we stopped. Now we’re looking for another truck stop of the kind that abounds on I-40. We got off at exit 126 at a Shell Station, not as modern as the others. We finally get off the road for the day at the Best Western Hurricane Mills at exit 143. The first thing we see is the Log Cabin Restaurant. We went to dinner at the mountain southern eaterie down the hill from the Best Western Hurricane Mills. Kenny says it’s the best restaurant of the trip so far. I ordered a ham steak. Kenny ordered fried chicken. Gary had catfish and hush puppies, the like of which we haven’t seen since our days in Durham.The dog had takeout chicken strips. Even the cat gobbled it up. It’s a little bit of the south. The dog got messy stuff on his paws from walking along under the trees behind the property. We had to give him a bath and wash out the tub even though it wasn’t bath night. Now he’s on top of his dog camp mat on top of the bed. Kenny went to get scouring powder at the Pilot travel center next door. You do the strangest things on a trip.
We got an email from the Village Inn in Harrisonburg canceling our reservation because they weren’t able to pre-authorize the card. That’s one of my bugaboos, something I go to trouble to prevent. I pay in cash for just that reason. Now we are reworking our reservations again. It seems to be a daily event, a daily preoccupation. We’re substituting a Ramada Inn, which we should have found to begin with if we’d done a little bit more research.
We didn’t like the La Quinta East Sycamore View in Memphis at exit 12C, and we’ve been staying at a string of La Quintas night after night because of their pet policy and the fact they don’t charge pet fees. It was too urban and vertical. We had to fight to get on the ground floor. Maids were making noise in the hallway well into the evening. They made nasty comments about the dog. The CP selection was the worst I’ve seen.The breakfast room was too small. We didn’t even want to eat in there. Only when we were ready to leave did we discover the door in the back of the building that we could have used to take the dog for a walk. In short, we won’t be back here any time soon. At least they had a guest laundry!
Exit 108 on I-40 was the exit for Shiloh Military Park. It was also the exit for Parker’s Crossroads and Pickwick Landing. Shiloh is 51 miles south near the Mississippi border on the Tennessee River. That reminds me that we’re getting back to history. Out in Arizona there’s no history, just rocks. That reminds me, Williamsburg and Jamestown are coming up. Just keep heading East, young man.

Dog/Cat Report:

Sabaka is getting to be a McDonalds doggie. He has stopped at most of the McDonalds restaurants crossing the country from Arizona to Tennessee. McDonalds ought to show him on their ads on the internet. Sabaka’s picture ought to be up in lights. He would form a nice contrast with those golden arches since he’s a black lab. You can see our dog out on every patch of green lawn sniffing the flowers and grinning waiting for his quarter pounder with cheese for lunch. He even eats the bun.
The cat is envious of the dog’s burgers and all the takeout from restaurants of all kinds. We have to save a sample for him and let him taste the takeout from Ruby Tuesdays or IHOP or Applebees or McDonalds.
The Supreme Court split on the Arizona Immigration Law case. I don’t really care about that one. But on Thursday they are coming down with the one about the mandate. I don’t care what they rule. I know it’s not legal.
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Sunday, June 24, ’12
1)Pilot flat of Ozarka water Fidelity Checking $6.20
2)McDonalds lunch Fidelity Checking $24.56
3)peaches at peach stand cash $6.21
4)TP ice cream and snack Fidelity Checking $7.77
5)Burger King 3 waters Fidelity Checking $3.29
6)La Quinta room 123 cash $92.54
7)Ruby Tuesday dinner $85.09
8)Circle K gas $30.00
9)laundry Memphis $4.00
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TOT: $259.66

Exxon gas Kenny $18.64

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Sunday, June 24, ’12
H-100 Memphis L H 67 L 51 RAIN H H 58 L 52 RAIN M H 78 L 56 RAIN
L-75 C H 97 L 73
Bear update: The Bear says Behind Every Pine Is A Pirate Party. TR says, “Beware of the Pine Wall.” Moose say, “Beware of yourself, Bear!” Lou says we will have a Beware Of The Double Pine Wall Party. We will serve Pirate Pie And Stew.
We woke up to sun. Will it last? It lasted, and the temperature in Memphis climbed to 100.
Tucson 99/76 Hurricane Mills 97/59 Brooklyn 82/71 T-STORMS
We woke up at 7:30AM. We got dressed and ate breakfast in the breakfast room next to the front desk. They also had yogurt and blueberry muffins just like yesterday. I found postcards of Arkansas, and they were for free even if they are ads for La Quinta. We checked out of room 145 at 10:02AM and headed for 440 E, the ring road around Little Rock. Then we joined with I-40 and made our first pit stop at the Pilot Travel Center at exit 161. We bought a flat of Ozarka water, our first. Then we stopped at a McDonalds at exit 175, Lonoke. We planned to stop at the rest area coming up next between exits 193 and 202, but it was closed due to road construction. We ran into a traffic jam after the traffic narrowed to one lane each direction due to road construction. It was worse than the jam right outside Dallas right after crossing the reservoir. Now we’re looking to stop at 216 instead for lunch. We went to McDonalds. It was very crowded. I’d say mobbed. They even ran out of napkins. There was a fruit stand beside the parking lot. We bought peaches and enjoyed one before climbing back into the car and continuing toward Memphis. We stopped next at exit 241A at the McDonalds at 1:24PM. It was rather late to be crowded for lunch, but they were mobbed. Everything has been mobbed since we left Van Horn, Texas. There was another peach stand and a Bonanza Steak House, the first I’ve seen since the 1990’s. We stopped at exit 260 at a TA Burger King Travel Center. There was a section for professional truck drivers, a special buffet. We crossed the Mississippi River into Memphis. We arrived at the La Quinta at 3:06PM. There was a dispute about ground floor rooms. We agreed to wait one hour. We are now sitting in the Burger King across the street waiting for the ground floor room to be ready for us. It’s such a waste of time. Finally we checked into room 123. We put the dog and cat there and left for Ruby Tuesdays. I haven’t been there since Charlottesville either. I remember quiche, but now they have only chicken pasta. We got gas and unloaded the car. We took the pets out. There were maids vacuuming the hallway and making it difficult to take the dog in and out.
We’re back to I-40, land of trucks. I remember in the 1990’s driving this highway from Charlottesville to the Grand Canyon two times and typically getting caught between two trucks. Even though we were a mini van we’d feel like a trucker doing the big haul. All the best stops were trucker stops including one in New Mexico that billed itself as the king of truck stops. Now as I’m writing I snap a photo of a line of big rigs heading west in the other direction. We’re trying to drive at 60 and trucks are passing us. It hasn’t changed. You wonder where all the trucks suddenly came from.
The interstate here in Arkansas is in horrible condition. We bump along I-40 mile after endless mile between Little Rock and Memphis. This is what we remember from the 1990’s. No wonder it’s under construction. But why hasn’t anything changed in all that time?

Dog/Cat Report
Sabaka is the best of travelers in our group. He has the best attitude. he always wants to go. He never wants to stop. As long as he gets to snooze now and then he wants to leap out at every stop and investigate the new place.
At night the cat is spellbound by the cicadas making a racket. He wants to go out and investigate. He’s not used to this insect noise back in Tucson in the summer. He’ll bum a ride with anyone going outside the motel room who might take him in his stroller.
Queen Mary report: The ship has started its final voyage to America for June. It will reach New York by the weekend. Next Sunday, July 1, there’s the Fourth of July getaway to New England. Then on July 6 is the next transatlantic voyage a week from this Friday. We’re supposed to be at the dock.
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Saturday, June 23, ’12
1)laundry Texarkana $6.00
2)Western Sizzlin lunch Arkadelphia Fidelity Checking $27.97
$7.37
3)McDonalds Benton 3 strawberry lemonades Fidelity Checking $7.16
4)La Quinta Little Rock room 145 cash $55.69
5)laundry $3.00
6)Applebees dinner T-check $64.97
7)Exxon gas cash $30.00
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TOT: $202.16

Unity FAX Kenny $4.99
Amazon Prime Master Card $79.00

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Saturday, June 23, ’12
H-95 Little Rock L H 64 L 54 RAIN H H 50 L 51 RAIN M H 80 L 59
L-73 C H 99 L 73
Bear update: The Bear says Pirates Are In The Swamp Party. TR says, “There’s a Pirate Behind Every Bridge.” Moose say, “Me sure don’t pine for you, Bear!” Lou says we will have a Pining Party. We will serve Foods To Pine For. The Amazon says, “The Amazon Queen sails the Mississippi.”
We woke up to sun. Will it last? It lasted, and the temperature in Little Rock climbed to 95.
Tucson 104/77 Memphis 99/75 Brooklyn 84/67
We woke up at 7:30AM. We got dressed and ate breakfast in the breakfast room. This time there were no meats for the dog. There weren’t even any Danish for the first time. We ended up with blueberry muffins and yogurt. We packed up the cars and checked out of room 102 at 10:23AM. There was a legion of maids standing outside the door waiting to come in. Our first pit stop was at the Arkansas Welcome Center. Our second stop was the McDonalds at exit 30 for Hope, which had at least two markers coming into town announcing that it was the birthplace of Clinton. The third pit stop was at a rest area that was covered by trees and shaded. We then stopped at the first McDonalds in Arkadelphia. The A/C wasn’t any good. So we drove across the Street to the Western Sizzlin. We haven’t been to one in 14 years! The next pit stop was near exit 91. It was a rest area in the middle of the road shared by cars coming both directions. It was hard to get back onto the highway. Then we were treated to bump, bump, bump just like the Arkansas roads of yore. After that we stopped at exit 114 in Benton at the McDonalds. We picked up our strawberry lemonades for the day to sustain us the rest of the way to Little Rock so we can check in at the La Quinta. We arrived at 3:00PM and checked into room 145. We drove along the frontage road to get to Applebees and had chicken caesar salads and a gooey chocolate dessert before getting gas. We cancelled the La Quinta reservation for the Nashville Airport and made a reservation at the Best Western at Hurricane Mills instead to even out the mileage on Monday. Kenny gave the dog a bath after we plotted the route for tomorrow. Where does one eat lunch on the route from Little Rock to Memphis anyway?
They must have improved the interstates in Arkansas during the past fourteen years. They’re still not the best, but at least you don’t bump along the whole way. You can see the patches, though. And the pavement does seem very old and grainy. It needs a total repaving job still.
Maybe I spoke too soon! We’re actually running into bumps for the first time on the trip right before we get off the highway at exit 30 for Hope. My husband still insists that it’s better than fourteen years ago when he remembers having to drive in the left hand lane to avoid the bumpy road on the right. Certainly right after the rest area around exit 91 you go bump, bump, bump just like the Arkansas roads of yore. Around Benton the roads grow progressively worse and worse all the way to Little Rock.
Comparison/Contrast with Redwords/Yosemite: We just stopped at a rest area before Arkadelphia, Arkansas. It was covered with picnic tables in a shaded, woodsy area planted with grass. The degree of shade provided by the pines and other trees reminds me of being in Redwood National Park five years ago. Of course that shade was deeper and the trees were much more magnificent and much, much taller, but I haven’t seen shade like it since. I noticed pinecones lying on the grass. I snapped a photo. The last time I saw a pinecone was five years ago in Yosemite. But then it was dropped by a sugar pine. The pinecone was eighteen inches long and giant compared with these. I bought a Sugar pine cone as a souvenir. I have it in my living room on a shelf. Still here in Arkansas pinecones abound, and I’m not accustomed to them anymore.
Driving through a stand of tall pines along I-30 reminded me of driving into the Olympic Peninsula 10 years ago in 2002. The trees were more spectacular n Washington state. But it’s reminiscent to someone living in the west for fourteen years. You sure don’t get shade like that in Arizona.
There’s definitely no big sky in Arkansas. As we drive along the highway, we get a buffer of pine trees on both sides of the road. They grow tall enough to block your view to either side and define what you see straight above you. Also the sky above looks as much white as blue. I recall this white-washed look as being typical in the East.
Paperwork:
1)do trip journal including dog/cat report and Facebook blog for the day and post on www.captiveattheberghof.org
2)do the trip expenses and post on www.captiveattheberghof.org
3)post the blog on Facebook
4)do postcards
5)check email and write email, respond to email
6)update desk calendar on computer

Dog/Cat Report
It’s hard to get the dog back into the car at a rest area. He lingers sniffing the grass and the various plants including coleus at the latest stop. When we stopped at a rest area outside Arkadelphia it was like a tug of war to force him back into the car. He’d never seen so much shade and so many trees since he was in Yosemite five years ago. He cannot believe that back East you get grass and trees all the time.
The cat has a routine.He roams around at night and does what he wants. Then in the morning he jumps back inside his carrying case. He’s ready to go for the day. In the car he sleeps unless we take him out in his stroller at Petsmart like yesterday. When we get to the motel he explores his new surroundings and ends up at the windowsill looking out at the scenery. Sometimes he naps with the dog. But he’s always racing about when we go to bed.
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Friday, June 22, ’12
1)McDonalds lunch Mount Pleasant Fidelity Checking $27.64
2)Petsmart 100 PPP, one greenie, and dog flea preventive T-checks $134.75
3)La Quinta room 102 cash $86.95
4)Danny’s dinner Fidelity Checking $52.64
5)I-30 Mobil gas cash $15.00
6)I-30 Mobil ice cream Fidelity Checking $5.42
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TOT: $322.40

I-30 Mobil gas Kenny $18.54

TOT spent so far after one week: $2370.62
average per day over 8 days $296.33
Kenny minus Endicia, Tucson Electric, and Tucson Water $279.14
TOT cash left: $2998.00 = $3000.00
TOT T-checks: $4700.00
TOT Fidelity accounts: $17,329.36
euros 4085 or $5122.17
pounds 345 or $537.92
TOT assets left: $30,689.45

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Friday, June 22, ’12
H-95 Texarkana L H 62 L 52 H H 67 L 54 M H 70 L 52
L-72 C H 97 L 76
Bear update: The Bear says Porker Is Becoming A Pirate Party. TR says, “He is consorting with Russian Pirates.” Moose say, “At least he’s not consorting with you, Bear!” Lou says we will have a Russian Pirate Party. We will serve Russian Pirate Foods. The Amazon says, “I am a Piratess. My ship is called the Amazon Queen. Beware!”
We woke up to sun. Will it last? It lasted, and the temperature in Texarkana climbed to 95.
Tucson 107/77 Little Rock 95/70 tomorrow Brooklyn 92/72 T-STORMS
We woke up at 7:00AM. We got dressed and ate breakfast in the CP room next to the front desk. It wasn’t as good as the breakfast yesterday. We get tiny Danish again with orange juice and hot tea or coffee. I add creamer from my cooler back in room 125. It’s one advantage of interior corridor rooms. You can just walk down the hall to breakfast. We pack up and check out of room 125 at 10:17AM. Our first stop is the rest area just short of Mount Vernon. There was lots of grass for the dog. I’m not going to be sorry to see the last of these Texas rest areas where you have to parallel park and where there’s rarely enough room. They seem to be built on the cheap. Our second pit stop is exit 162 at the McDonalds at Mt. Pleasant. Here we eat salads for lunch along with the omni-present strawberry lemonade. The next stop was at exit 201, New Boston, at the McDonalds. We’re looking at a corn patch near the parking lot. After that it was a straight run to Texarkana. We were early so we got off the highway at exit 223b to go to Petsmart. We bought 100 cans of PPP and a dog flea preventive along with one greenie treat for the dog. At least they took T-checks for only the fourth time on this trip: 1)Kranberry’s for dinner one week ago 2)Kranberry’s for breakfast one week ago tomorrow 3)the America’s Best Value Inn in Van Horn on Sunday and now the 4)Petsmart at Texarkana. It makes me think I should have asked the other Petsmart stores if they took T-checks. I have to remember to ask everybody all the time. We got off the road for the day at State Line Avenue exit 223 and checked into the La Quinta next to the Denny’s in room 102. We can walk to dinner and we did. We ordered spaghetti at Denny’s and got ice cream at the gas station after dinner. Later we added up expenses at the end of the first week of the trip, gave the dog a bath, and gave the dog his anti-flea cream that we bought at Petsmart.
There’s a sea change in the flora and fauna. Driving along the highway from Sulphur Springs to Texarkana in East Texas we leave a parking lot planted with southern magnolias, begonias, crepe myrtle, and southern pines at the La Quinta. The highway is now lined with southern pines and deciduous trees. Those were a rarity out west where very little counts as leaf dropping. I see ponds here and there. Green lawns abound. At the first rest area just outside Mount Vernon I see four leaf clover with white flowers. The people there must think I’m crazy taking a photo of it. And there are the dandelions growing along the interstate. But I haven’t seen anything like them in fourteen years.
When we were eating CP the local morning weather report talked about the possibility of thunderstorms. Mind you, this is no monsoon like back in Tucson where everybody waits for thunderstorms three days in a row somewhere in town to mark the kick off of the monsoon season. Here it’s just typical and nobody thinks anything of it. Thunderstorms will break fhe almost tropical humidity. Tucson gets humid during the monsoon and because of the high temperatures it’s worse there.
We drove from Sulphur Springs to Texarkana on State Line Avenue. The flora and fauna is changing radically. I see ponds of water beside the highway that begin to look like swamps. We cross the Sulphur River and we don’t have to think is it real or man-made. We’re suddenly back in the Deep South. We’ve actually crossed the state of Texas, all 900 miles of it — Anthony to Texarkana.

Dog/Cat Report

The lady from Pittsburgh called, the one who is supposed to babysit in July. She seems to be planning outings with the pets for 2 or 3 hours at a time going to shops. I told her that’s what they’re accustomed to, even Putlitz. Putlitz has two carriers, one hard-sided to ride in in the car. He also has a soft-sided carrier to transfer back and forth from the motel room or the house to the car where his hard-sided carrier always sits even back at the house. It has a crunchies dish and room for his wet food in a paper bowl. The dog has a water dish propped up on a foam stand. I have to keep it full. That way they ride across the country. Right now they’re leaving Texas that way. Sure, they can ride around Pittsburgh, too.
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Thursday, June 21, ’12
1)On The Run Weatherford Bearmobile car wash Fidelity Checking $5.99
2)laundry Weatherford $2.25
3)AT&T black phone minutes Fidelity Checking $54.55
4)McDonalds Arlington lunch $24.87
5)McDonalds exit 1B on 635N strawberry lemonade Fidelity Checking $7.11
6)Loves 4 postcards cash $1.08
7)McDonalds ice cream sundaes and smore pie Fidelity Checking $3.43
8)La Quinta room 125 cash $100.40
9)Chili’s dinner Fidelity Checking $60.11
laundry $1.50
gas cash $30.00
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TOT: $291.29

On The Run Weatherford Juniormobile car wash Kenny $10.00
Circle K gas Kenny $16.66
Endicia monthly fee Kenny $15.95

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