Betsy and Christian's cross-country adventure- Day 1: Mississippi Sucks

We just wrapped up our first day of our cross-country journey to begin the next phase of our lives in Tempe, AZ, unfortunately without our favorite traveling companion. It was a long slog, but we made good time.

The first leg was by far the worst, through the monotonous interstates of central Georgia, a desolate wasteland punctuated only by garish billboards hawking discount divorces, discount liquor and handjob joints (probably not in that order), from Statesboro to Atlanta.

Alabama was more scenic, especially the Nascar temple at Talladega and the national forest named after this hallowed ground consecrated with the sacrament of the south - Miller High Life.

I don't have much positive to say about Mississippi - the quality of their interstates rivals the quality of their public education system, I suspect, and the best part about leaving this stretch of the trip was being finished with it. I believe it was in MS that we ate at the world's creepiest McDonalds, which I described as such because of the massive Ronald McDonald torso sprouting from the facade, giving it's best Third-Reich salute.

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Tennessee wasn't bad, though I prefer the trip up I-75 (or is it 26?) towards Knoxville to the flat stretch that terminates at Memphis. From the bridge crossing the Mississippi you can almost see the river itself. Imagine that.

I type this from a hotel in North Little Rock, Arkansas. I'm pushing myself a little to drive a bit longer on the first two days instead of diving the driving equally, in order to give us enough to spare on a side trip to the Grand Canyon when we reach Flagstaff, AZ.

I suspect that trip may consist of the two of us stepping from the car, gazing out over the majestic expanse, then getting back in the car and heading back to the road. We'll see.


Have fun going across Texas. That's one big MFin' state.

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We're minimizing our time in Texas by going through the narrowest part - the panhandle.

We're in Amarillo now. Going to dinner shortly at The Big Texan Steak Ranch. Looks like a classy joint. I'm wondering whether we should call for their free limo service.

Why are you cramming in trips to Flag & Grand Canyon? You realize you'll be living in the state, right? They're both great -- save 'em as a destination, not a pit stop.

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We thought it would a Grizwoldian thing to do.

Drive upteen hours to get to destination.

Get out of car.

Take picture. Sigh.

Get back in car for upteen hours.