I had commented in a previous post about the countless roadside produce and ‘collectable’ shops in Alabama and how I was suprised there were SO MANY. As I traveled through Northern Arkansas I was stuck again but this time it was on the ‘rock’ stores. There must have been 30 of these places that sold pallets of rock. Some were small and others covered acres and acres of pallets full of pre-sorted rocks.
It got me to thinking… some of us think our jobs are difficult or we have a tough way to go of it occassionally. Imagine working in a geographic area where the best job is the finding, sorting, and stacking rocks! I loved my job before I left for this trip but after seeing and thinking about this I REALLY love my job!
What would a Cisco PTO be without at lest one conference call. After my ‘slight’ detour to see “The Cave”, I figured out that I was likely not going to make it to the next moderate size town (Harrison, AR) so I stopped at the local diner in Marshall, AR (population 1,313). The first thing that I realized when I sat down was that there was no mobile broadband service (gulp!). Then I realized that I had no wirelss service without roaming…
Forty five minutes later (can’t wait to see that cell bill!) and the at the conclusion of a great call with Brett Galloway and his executive staff regarding Managed Services, I wrapped things up and jumped back on the bike for the final miles through Northern Arkansas. For any of you who ride motorcycles, I would highly recommend this part of the country. Big sweeping turns and lots of decent rolling hills in the middle.
P.S. Yes, that is a rain suit and no, it is not an outfit leftover from the 70’s. Fashion was not on the top of my list as I got ready to drive through what I thought was going to be 6-8 hours of rain.
After crashing for the night in Little Rock, I got up early to make the last leg of the trip. After a less than healthy breakfast at Waffle House, I called Jen who informed me that it had was still raining after three days and they were calling for more storms (yee ha!). As I approached the Ozark Mountains in Northern Arkansas, it looked like solid rain for the next 100 miles so I doned the ‘ultra rain suit’ but somehow it held off and I made it through without getting soaked. I had much to be grateful for on this trip — getting through the mountains with no rain was just one of them!
So Alabama was nice but 100 miles of road construction and some not so nice roads made me glad to see the Mississippi state line. Tony M, Alabama was nice but after driving across Mississippi I have to say I think it is even prettier. Have to put down about 500 miles today to get to Little Rock tonight so will likely be a few less pictures.
Got a great nights rest at the local Super 8 and got the inside scoop on the best place to grab some ‘local’ breakfast in Montgomery from Sissy the front desk person at Super 8. Not sure I have ever enjoyed a shower and clean bed more!