We left Chattanooga on Friday, October 10, at around 11:00 AM. We were headed to Baton Rogue for the night. The first day of travel was awesome. Clear skies and warm temperatures. We knew we were near the low lands in Mississippi by the swampy smell that was present. Every stop brought exciting new smells to the dogs as well. I switched up co-pilots in the Jeep at one stop. Duke hated being in the back seat of the truck. Merlin was quite comfy in the Jeep (see Co-Pilot Two picture). Needless to say Duke rode with me the rest of the trip. The Motel 6 in Baton Rogue left the light on for us. It also was next to two adult entertainment establishments. Needless to say the motel was not the best. But the room was clean and we were ready for a break.
We left for at 8:30 AM, er wait, we wanted to leave at 8:30 AM. We neglected to tell Bank of America that we would be traveling. They placed a hold on our cards which left us stuck at the Pilot for an hour and a half. They finally got the issue resolved and we left for Texas at 11:00 AM. Travel Tip: let your bank know you will be traveling. Parts of day twos journey were wet. But the views made up for it. The really long bridge through the Bayous was interesting. Also, we had ever seen a negative number for elevation before. Both our GPS units displayed negative numbers at certain points through Louisiana and Texas. It is true what they say about Texas – everything is bigger here! The speed limit is 75 and the massive ranches we saw between Houston and San Antonio were the biggest I had ever seen. One thing that was lacking when we got to San Antonio was forest, clusters, or groups of big trees. The trees for the most part are sparse and much smaller then the massive pines in Georgia. You get to any elevation in San Antonio you can see for miles in all directions. Texas has a very unique road system and San Antonio is full of fly overs and roads. The traffic seems to move much smoother than Atlanta’s traffic. It will definitely take us a little bit of time to get used to the driving here. Texans like to fly….in their cars…..either move over or get run over. My kind of driving!!!!!