Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


We will be on the road again, just two weeks from tomorrow.

As the time for departure approaches, we become more “antsy” and I find myself looking at the map more and more often.

I ponder over the routing and explore in my mind, different routes we might take to reach our next destination.

This morning I was up shortly after 5:00 AM, sitting with the laptop computer and the road atlas, thinking about driving times between overnight stops, large cities we might have to drive through or try to avoid, etc.

Of course, going back to Hannibal, MO from here at Mountaindale, is a “no brainer” as we have interstate highway for most of the route and then four lane divided highway the rest of the way.

We prefer the interstates when we want to make good time, but that is not always what we want to do.

For example, when we leave Hannibal on October 13th, headed for the Rio Grande Valley, where we plan to spend the winter, we will overnight at Sikeston, MO.

October 13th is a Sunday and we want to get through St Louis early on Sunday morning to avoid the traffic as much as possible.

We will be in Sikeston in plenty of time to have a late lunch at Lambert’s (Home of the “throwed rolls“).

The next day we’ll move on through a small portion of Tennessee and on to Tupelo, Mississippi, where we plan to stay for two nights. We may visit the boyhood home of Elvis Presley or just relax and explore part of the Natchez Trace north of Tupelo.

We will travel the Natchez Trace down to Natchez, Mississippi when we leave Tupelo.

We love to wander at a relaxed pace and that is a fine road to travel, with no stop signs, little traffic, and no truck traffic at all.

We plan to spend three nights at a campground right beside the Mississippi River, over on the Louisiana side, across from Natchez.

While there we will explore the Historic District of Natchez, and perhaps have dinner at one of the historic old Plantation Mansions.

When we leave Natchez, we’ll be anxious to get on down to the valley, so we’ll drive to Beaumont, Texas, where we will spend a Saturday night before pushing on to the valley on Sunday, Oct 20th.

This time we’ll pass through Houston on a Sunday morning, once again in an effort to avoid heavy traffic.

Hopefully, we’ll be all set up on our site at Llano Grande RV Resort by 3:00 in the afternoon.

So that is our plans. Now let’s wait and see how much “Murphy’s Law” messes with us. LOL

If any of you dear readers have suggestions for places to see or “don’t miss” restaurants, we would love to hear from you.

Planning the travel is almost as much fun as doing it!

Life is Good!



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