|Leaving Missouri was a happy occasion. Louisiana also has warmer weather, and the sun came out just in time for our westward and soutward trek across the state. We took I-20 all the way to Shreveport, hoping we wouldn't run out of fuel. We made it with 30 gallons to spare! The gauge said "Empty" and Steve's stomach was in knots for the last 20 miles. Out of Shreveport, we entered Texas by route 79, and again headed west and south. The terrain of east Texas is beautiful, hilly and loaded with brooks and ponds. It was nice to be off the Interstate highways, and we passed farms and small towns as the sky got bluer, and the weather stayed warm and sunny until we arrived at our first Texas destination, Rockdale. We were tired, having driven over 500 miles, and at first we thought the abandoned building was our Wal-Mart. We stopped at a gas station (no easy feat with a 40-foot motorcoach towing a Jeep Liberty) to ask if there was a Wal-Mart in town. Sure enough, we just hadn't driven as far as we needed, and there it was, just where they told me. Whew! Our overnight was uneventful, and we left for route 77 the following morning.