Left the house at 9 AM and the look on Doris’ face tugged at my heart. It’s always sad to leave her and John. On the other hand, it was a great first day of travel with nothing but blue skies and the open road!
I will not miss the encroaching suffocating humidity. With 61% humidity back home and 74% here, Custer, SD is looking pretty good at 32%.
I’m staying tonight in Murfreesboro, TN. I decided to give a hospital another try as an overnight camping spot wanting to erase the memory of my first boondock that didn't work out so well. (Got the knock on the door at 4:45 AM from the Cocoa Beach authorities who granted me a stay until 6 AM).
So I’m at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.
I’m in a remote area of the lot and there is a Chinook a few spaces down so maybe I’ll be OK. If not there are plenty of other places down the road. It’s actually very pretty here with surrounding fields, nice landscaping, on a spring evening with a sunset (which you can see in the windows of the GDB) thrown in for good measure.
Long driving day today – 303 miles. I jumped off the interstate at Fayetteville, TN and took US 231 North almost to Murfreesboro. It was a beautiful drive – a winding 2-lane road through some of the most gorgeous farmland I’ve ever seen. Of course there was no place to pull over but I did manage to snap this photo.
I made my first National Park stop at Stones River Civil War Battlefield here in town. I got there 30 minutes before closing. As usual, the museum exhibits were enlightening, though depressing, and the site itself was haunting as all battle sites are. This one occurred in December/January 1862/1863.
Over 23,000 people died. Nothing makes it more real than this.
|Over 6,100 Union soldiers are buried here.|
This is what they were fighting over. Control of this railroad, an important supply route for the Confederate Army.
|A train just happened by as if to prove that life goes on.|
I had forgotten that staying in this “unapproved” spot will necessitate pulled curtains with no light escaping. I forgot about that. I actually went to Wal-Mart first but it was too open for me. If you know what I mean.
Tomorrow’s stop is Fort Donelson further west. I’m envisioning a much less hectic day tomorrow.