May 13, 2012 – Texarkana to Lake Chicot, Arkansas
This morning dawned bright and clear so I made ready to leave Texarkana and head east. However, the place I was in was really tight, and I wasn’t sure that I could get out. When I had checked in, the folks in the office said that they would help me get out. However, the office is closed on Sunday and my plea for help went to an answering machine. As I was contemplating whether I could get out by myself, I saw a man going to his apartment. I asked if he could help me get out. It happens that he is a truck driver, and he agreed to help me. I actually let him drive it out. After it was out of the tight spot, I hooked up the car. The gentleman and I got to talking before I left, and he gave me several good pointers about the motor home. Folks are so nice, and I pick the brains of anyone who can help me.
I filled up with gas before I left Texarkana – ouch but not as big an ouch as it was last week! I had a nice trip across the state on US82. I got to Lake Chicot near Lake Village, Arkansas about 3:30 so I only drove about 4 hours today. I’ve got a nice spot which is a pull through close to the lake. It is Arkansas’s largest natural lake, a 20 mile long oxbow lake. Fishing for crappie, bass, bream and catfish is popular. It is located on the Mississippi Flyway so bird watching is also popular. I guess I’m either going to have to take up fishing or bird watching or both as I seem to stay a lot of places where or both is the thing to do. The place I stayed in Texarkana was across the street from the railroad so it was a mite noisy. This place is nice and quiet. I got my chair out and sat in the shade and rocked while I worked on a crossword puzzle. I also took a short nap in the rocking chair. It is nice and peaceful here. I enjoyed listening to the birds as they settled in for the evening.
Tomorrow I’m going to take a day trip into Mississippi. I’m just across the line from Greenville, Mississippi, and I’ve got a list of things to see in the general area. On Tuesday, I’ll do a little sightseeing in this general area before I hit the road headed toward Tupelo and on to Red Bay, Alabama where they make the Tiffin motor homes. I have a leak that I want them to look at to see if they can find it and stop it. It only leaks over the passenger seat when it rains really hard and the wind blows really hard from that direction. If the wind isn’t blowing hard, it doesn’t leak so it not a major problem, but I’d like to have it fixed nevertheless. I think it has to do with the awning, but I don’t know.
Last night I got my pictures from the cruise uploaded as well as those I’ve taken this spring. You should have received a notice about the new albums. If you didn’t and you want to see them, just let me know.