Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall Migration - Missouri to Georgia

Sunflowers along the road as we leave Iowa and enter Missouri.
Sheryl with their newest horse
We stopped to see Ron's sister, Sheryl and her husband, Jim, near West Plains.
If you need a saddle or tack of any sort, this is the place - Jim and Sheryl's tack shop in West Plains.

We left Missouri early in the morning on October 1 in time to see the sun rise on the Ozarks.  The windy twisty highway from West Plains, MO to Jonesboro, AR is very scenic.  The compass showed us going S then SW then W then N then NW, then worked its way back until it was showing S SE and SW again.  If we zoomed the GPS out, we could a snaky road for about a hundred miles.  On the road, we passed quaint villages, individual antique and junk stores, and miles of mountains and forests.  First stop, Arkansas, Mammoth Springs, just after crossing the border from Missouri.
In the early morning, the water was warmer than the air, and a mist rose off the spring pool before it dropped over the dam.
Tennessee is kind of a blur on our trip south - we just touch one small corner as I-55 meets up with I-40 in Memphis.
The highway from Memphis to Birmingham is nearly finished, so the trip through Mississippi after we left Tennessee is also a blur.  
We did notice that Kudzo starts here and we could probably have sighted something Elvis if we had taken time to stop in Tupelo.
We raced across Alabama, arriving in Eufaula at 5 p.m.  Eufaula is the nearest city to our home in Georgia.  It is a stately old city with streets of antebellum houses and stately oak and magnolia trees forming a well-kept median for Highway 431, the main road through town.

A few of the houses.  

The railroad bridge on Lake Eufaula/Lake Walter F. George, which is formed by a dam on the Chattahoochee River.  The river is the boundary between Alabama and Georgia.  We crossed the river into the Eastern Time Zone, and into Georgia at 6:15 p.m. EST, and were back at our Georgia house in time to watch the sun set.