Going To Alabama VI

Leaving Oklahoma

While we were getting ready to leave the KOA in Sallisaw this morning, our neighbor on the next sit struck up a conversation with FabGrandpa. The guy asked where we were headed, and FG said “Memphis.”  The neighbor guy told us about a campground right on the river in West Memphis, saying it was a very nice park and he recommended it. So, I called Tom Sawyer RV Park and made a reservation. I was excited about it all day! Imagine having the Mississippi River in your back yard!

The Ozarks in Arkansas

The scenery changed again as we crossed into Arkansas. From the gently rolling hills of Oklahoma, it transitioned into hazy mountains off in the distance.

More trees and vegetation

In some places the vegetation looked more like our home state of Georgia, with oaks and pines along the sides of the highway.

Electric lines coming from the power plant

No more wind farms here–they use steam power to generate their electricity here.

lots of water here

That’s probably because there is a lot more water here than we have seen in days. The farther east you go, the more water there is. We crossed several lakes and rivers today.

I-40 in Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock was nothing like Oklahoma City! This is the extent of the traffic we saw there today.


Part of my job in the truck is to keep the driver entertained, comfortable, and happy. Looks like I accomplished that today!

flat again

Once we got past Little Rock, the landscape became mostly flat farm land again. Looks like they grow a lot of corn, soybeans, cotton, and sorghum around here.

messing with the camera

After days in the truck, you do get a little bored from time to time. Here, I was messing with different settings on the camera to come up with this interesting photo of the road ahead.

Those guys have a trailer like ours!

Those people passed up flying! The trailer was swaying side to side like crazy. I know they must have been going about 85 miles an hour. We try to keep it under 65. That trailer is just like ours.

The entrance to Tom Sawyer RV Park

We got off I-40 at exit 271, and took US 70 east to S 8th Street in West Memphis. This is the entrance road to Tom Sawyer RV Park.

our site at Tom Sawyer

out the kitchen window

They aren’t kidding about being right on the river! this is looking out my kitchen window! This is so great!

The sites along the river have level concrete pads–full hook ups and free laundry facilities for $33 per night. We’re staying 3 nights here.They do Good Sam discounts, too.

Night on the river

I took my camera and tri-pod to the river bank and sat on the bench there. This is view of where I-40 crossed over the Mississippi about 12 miles away. While this is not a very clear shot, I think it is pretty dang good for the cheap camera I have.

The Jayco

And here is our trailer, all set up, on the Mississippi River in Arkansas. I love this life!

Going To Alabama Day V

Sunrise in Shamrock Texas

As you can see from the photo of this beautiful SUNRISE, that mean old FabGrandpa made me get up before the sun came up today. What the heck is up with THAT? I’m on vacation, I think!  We left the West 40 RV Park in Shamrock right after 8:00 a.m. so we could go to town and buy a tire to replace the one that blew out yesterday. C & H Supply was right off of Hwy 66 in downtown Shamrock. They sell tires, feed, and some sort of deterrent for horn flies.

C & H Supply

The guys at C & H got our tire mounted and put one in about 30 minutes. $125 later, we were on our way. We went about three blocks down the road to 66 Shop, a diesel repair shop the guy at C & H recommended to FabGrandpa. Although we had the fuel hoses changed and a new fuel pump installed in Kanab less than a month ago, we still had a fuel leak on the truck. Butch at 66 Shop came out to the truck, which we had to park on the street, and fixed it for us. The top of the fuel filter was loose, he tightened it up, and did it for no charge. What a guy!

Butch and FabGrandpa

Gotta love small town America! Shamrock, Texas, on I-40 & Route 66, population 2029.

Shamrock, population 2029

And so, we finally got out of town at 9:17 a.m., new tire, fuel leak fixed, headed into Oklahoma.

gaaahhhh! been up HOURS already!

And I know you can’t see this much, but that is the Welcome To Oklahoma sign. The sun was shining right behind it, so the photo didn’t turn out very good,  but trust me, that is it.

Oklahoma state line

This is Oklahoma, just across the line. It looks a lot greener than Texas, that we just left. Also, Oklahoma has some rolling hills. I always thought Oklahoma was flat as a pancake. I guess I was wrong about that.

greener grass in Oklahoma

Just some scenery in Oklahoma:

A cute little farm house

Some cedars on the road side.

And suddenly, we were in Oklahoma City. Lots of cars. Big buildings, Too much traffic. Ahhhhhhh! I have forgotten what it was like to be in so much traffic.

Oklahoma City

But we made it through, and out the other side intact. The next big city we encounter will be Memphis, on Monday. Not looking forward to that at all. Here’s some more of Oklahoma City:

lots more traffic than I am accustomed to

We ate lunch at Cracker Barrel somewhere east of Oklahoma City. When we got back on the highway, it was under construction for several miles. They had closed one whole side of I-40, and routed the traffic onto the lane next to us, going the other way. That always scares me because it looks like those big trucks are coming right at us!

road work on I-40

We decided to call it a day in Sallisaw, Oklahoma instead of going all the way in to Ft. Smith. It was only another 38 miles, but it was getting late and we just wanted to get off the road. The KOA here is pretty nice–the spot we got was really level, too.

Sallisaw KOA

I was surprised that as late as it is in the season, the leaves haven’t fully changed here. This maple is about half way.

a maple tree at the KOA

Caught the sunset here in Sallisaw. Yep, before sun-up, til after sun-down. That FabGrandpa is a slave driver!

Sunset in Sallisaw

I had a great video of a wind farm but I couldn’t get it uploaded to You Tube. If I can get it up there tomorrow, I will post it later.


It was only 13.3 degrees on Thursday night, the coldest I have known it to be in Georgia before Christmas. The wind was howling outside, but we were snug and warm in our new trailer. I could notice the difference right away, because whenever the wind would blow when we lived in our Starcraft, it was LOUD and there was usually a breeze or draft going through the trailer. In this one, though, I could barely hear the wind outside, and there was no draft inside.

Before I forget, I have to let everyone know how much help Gary and Faye were to us on the day we moved. After we signed all the paperwork and did the walk-through, they arrived ready to work. Faye and I were in the old trailer, handing stuff out the door to the guys until most of the things that were boxed up were moved. Then I went over to the new one and started putting things away. Faye stayed over in the old one and packed things up to be moved. You know, I thought I had gotten rid of a lot of stuff! But, the truth is, I still have too much. I have been throwing stuff away for three days now, and making a pile for selling on ebay too. I was truly embarrased at how much was packed away in that little starcraft! It only took half the day to get things signed and moved.

After we got back to Unicoi, I spent the rest of the day trying to find things. At about 6 pm, Gary knocked on the door with a pan of burritos. They were absolutely delish, so good that Fabgrandpa said he was going to ask Gary to marry him!!

Ok, the top pic is a closeup of one of the window treatments in the kitchen. The next one is the bedroom, or at least part of it. That is me with the camera, and Fabgrandpa in the mirror.

Next is the sofa in the living area, I hope you can see the window treatments and the cabinets over the sofa. Jayco calls this color scheme “Spring Willow”, which sounds like it should be green, but is more brown and beige, very little green in it. The next pic is a closeup of the sofa fabric, so that you can see more of the colors. If you click on the pictures they will enlarge so you can see them better.

Yesterday we went down to Gainesville to
Target so we could get some throw rugs. The rugs I got are mostly orange, brown and beige, with a little bit of dark green in them. They all look pretty good in this new place.

We also went to Lenscrafters and got new glasses. Well, we ordered them, they will be in next week. I will post of pic of me in new glasses when I get them. It is still cold, with a forecast of high teens for tonight, and relative humidity of 15-20%! BRRRR. I want to go to Mexico!!!

Our New Home! Jayco Eagle 32FKS Travel Trailer

We found out this morning that our financing was approved for our new trailer. It is a 2007 Jayco Eagle 32FKS, which means that it is a 32 foot travel trailer with two slide out rooms. It has a bigger refrigerator than the one we have now, more storage areas, a king size bed, and a huge wardrobe closet!! We are very excited about this new purchase. The pictures above don’t really show how pretty it is, but I wanted to show the colors of the interior. It has the flat, level slides, so we won’t be bumping our heads on the slide ceiling now, hehehe.

The floor in the living area is congoleum that looks like slate tiles. I like it better than having carpet in the living room, because it is so hard to keep the dirt out of the carpet. There is a booth dinette also, so we have a place now to sit and eat dinner. I can’t wait to get back up to Virginia and invite our friends over. Oh, and it has a gas barbecue grill that fits on the side of the trailer, so we can cook out. Yay!

After we get moved in later this week, I will put up some more pictures. Can you tell I am very excited about this?