The local levee sits about 20 paces away from my parking spot. The security people could not have been nicer when I asked permission to stay for the night.
I didn't plan to drive this far today but there was no point in stopping with the temperatures being what they are. Rotten timing to have planned my return to the South during the first heat wave. As it is, I've just cooled down with the generator and A/C running.
I left Lake Dardanelle this morning. It was a nice camping experience and, were I the stay-in-one-place type, this would be a nice place to stay in one place. Especially with a rod and reel.
|This campsite costs $31/night.|
|Same campsite from across the marina.|
|This shot reminds me of the Mediterranean.|
|And this one Hawaii.|
I traveled Highway 7 through the Ouachitas. A drive that promised more than it delivered.
C'mon Arkansas!!! Stop messing with us!!!
|I released my right-hand grip on the wheel long enough to take this jittery shot.|
The good news: even though I was on rolling hills, A/C running full-blast, with full water tanks, my mileage continues to improve. Here's the milestone average I was looking for.
I've been stuck on 14.8 and 14.9 for a while. Significantly better than the 13.5 the onboard computer showed last August when I got the GDB.
Spent part of the day in lovely Hot Springs, Arkansas.
And it was. Hot, that is. Too hot to make strolling the pretty streets a pleasure I'm sure it otherwise is. And the hot water, while tasty, was not appealing on a day like this, but it is on offer everywhere.
|At the Visitors Center|
|On the street.|
If you are interested in Gilded Age architecture, come to Hot Springs - they have blocks of it.
This sign at a city park had me puzzled until I recognized this band member. William Jefferson Clinton .... ladies and gentleman ..... on the saxophone.
Looks like I'll be home on Thursday pending a long day's drive tomorrow. But the flat, smooth, 4-lane US highway is a good one. Plus, there is just no point in stopping in this heat. At least in the driver's seat I have A/C blowing in my face all day.
Can't wait to get home!
Tonight, John and I have discussed several menu options and I am sooooo looking forward to the delicious food along with the fine company. And holding sweet Doris tight. She will probably ignore me for 20 minutes and then, surely, decide to forgive me for leaving her motherless for so long.