Left office at 4:30pm, I thought everybody was going somewhere this evening for the Thanksgiving holiday but the road to the airport was not too crowded. Just only occasional slow downs. So I arrived at off site parking at 5:30pm, asked to see if I could get my car washed at the entrance, and the attendant said okay. (I did not know what would be the out come...) I took a shuttle bus to terminal C and D. It stopped at D first so I get off, hoping to get to the rental car center earlier than stepping out at terminal C. However, the result was it was much faster to stay in the shuttle until it gets to the terminal C. Get on a shuttle bus to the rental car center at 5:50pm, finishing the paperwork after a short ride. My car for this trip was a Chrysler 200C, which had a XM satellite radio, suitable for long drive. After signing the contract on iPad, I got on the car and picked up the paperwork at the gate before leaving at 6:15pm under pretty much dark sky.
My getaway vehicle: Chrysler 200C
I drove to south to get on Beltway 8 west, changed to US-59 south to I-610 since the car I got did not have an EZ Tag which cannot travel on the Sam Houston toll road. The traffic was fairly modest on the way After driving along the road, finally changed to I-10 west, now I can head toward Baton Rouge. The road was pretty crowded and I see many passenger vehicles and trucks. I stopped at McDonald's for dinner around 7:30pm because I had no water with me. I got a large drink cup filled with Coca-Cola. I then continued. I passed Beaumont, Lake Charles, Lafayette. The outside looks pretty dark but I sometimes smelled the air like swamp, and when the road is going through wooded area, I could see the sky better. Arrived at Port Allen around 11:00pm, grabbed some post cards and water. I then continued and arrived at the hotel at 11:30pm, it was chilly already. Checked in my room and went to bed at 12:30am. I was up since 3:30am so it was a long day.
|Driving on I-10 to east||Checking in at the hotel|
|Louisiana Capital Building||Old Capital Building||USS Kidd|
I ran back to my car because it was too cold and then headed out for the next place. I got stuck at a railroad crossing and needed to drive around so I lost about 20 minutes. After leaving the downtown, I get on I-110 and get off by the airport. Heading east on state road 408 to visit the site of the shooting death of Yoshihiro Hattori back in 1992 at suburb area.
The site of shooting.
I continue driving on the road after that to get back on I-12. I kept driving on the east, passing by the famous Biloxi, made a road change at Mobile, AL to start head north on I-65. Because today is Thanksgiving Day, I cannot find any places to eat, no McDonald's, Burger Kings... so while the fuel getting low, I began to hunt for a gas station with meal offered so at 1:00pm, I stopped at Love's in Evergreen, AL for fuel and lunch at Arby's. I grabbed the meal then head out to catch up with the time I lost. The road from this part is more ups and downs and more trees around.
I finally get to eat something...
Arrived at Montgomery around ?. I know I am a little late but headed to the area by the state building. There weren't many people so it was awfully quiet. After taking a picture of the building, I was able to make a short walk to stop by at Martin Luther King Jar memorial church, and Old White House of the South.
|Alabama Capital Building||White House of the Confederacy||Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church|
Get back in my car then began heading west. I took I-65 south and getting on the U.S. 80. Drove by an airport and occasional traffic signal. The speed limit was soon raised to near freeway speed. Driving on the load road is not too bad but makes me very sleepy when I am tired, so I stopped at a CVS to grab drink around 4:36pm at Demopolis, AL. The sun was coming down and I know that I cannot make it to Jackson before sunset. Driving through winding road and passing Mississippi boarder, I finally get on I-20 west. Kept driving under twilight, then stopped at Pearl, MS for gas under dark, at 6:42pm they only took Master card... Ate at Denny's nearby. It was a short drive before arriving at Jackson around 6:00pm. The outside was dark, so I gave up on taking picture of the building since I am not sure how safe the down town is... I have impression of the part of the town is particularly not crowded and not safe in the night.
It's getting dark outside
Dinner, not many choices I can have.
I kept driving west, wishing that I did not reserved a hotel too far from the town to save a few bucks. Checked in at the hotel, which was located by Mississippi state border. I tried to find a place I can buy postcards but failed after stopping by more than 4 places. People are flocking to stores at mall and Wal Mart for their Black Friday deal. I was tired so went to bed around 11:00pm.
|Mississippi Capital building||Old capital building|
Arrived at Little Rock. The first thing I did was to swing by the state house. It was located at hill top, and looked very nice. I parked my car and walked up to snap a picture. It did not take too long so I now head to William Clinton Library, parked the car and walked along the river and old part of the town. I walked in a store to buy a few more postcards and went to market place to buy myself lunch around 2:00pm. Texted my friend to let him know that I will be leaving soon.
The state capital building
I get on the I-30 and began headed to west toward Dallas. It was a simple drive but because I have been driving three days in a row, I was getting tired. Somehow made it to cross to the Texas, then got off from the interstate at Greenville, heading west on TX-302. Fuel my car by making a short stop. I then change to TX-121 but realized it was a bad mistake. The smooth way was to use a toll road but my car cannot be there so I drove along the road with other cars, making stops at nearly all the traffic signals. The TX-121 is spared from the toll road at last near northern part of Dallas, then I began heading toward west to get on I-35E. Arrived at my friend's place at 7:45pm, went out to eat with him at Olive Garden. It's been one year since we met last time, and had good talk. Used this sofa for the night, went to bed around 1:00am.
Crossing into Texas
Getting closer to Dallas
Drving at night
|Stone Fort||Old University||Hoya House|
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