Go East Old Man

The Sweep Part 1

Often credited to newspaper editor Horace Greeley, there’s just no evidence he said “go West, young man” and, in fact he denied it. No one has proven the origin of this phrase.

Lucky for me, my days as a young man are gone – going East should be fine. Nearing six years of full time RV travel, all the states (in the lower 48) I haven’t visited in the RV are in the East.

I left Butte County, California, which is still recovering from the destruction of the Camp Fire, on February 21 heading for Arkansas. It was slow going – winds gusting to 90 MPH, flipped 18 wheelers and a freight train blown off the tracks along the way. Had to hunker down in Benson and again in El Paso. It felt right to stop in Texarkana, Texas before really getting into Arkansas.

The Texarkana Post Office, right on the state line.

Yup, located downtown in Texarkana, Texas, salutes “our loyal confederates” … just like all the statues celebrating America’s adversaries and traitors like Hideki Tojo, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Robert Hanssen, Erwin Rommel etc. No statues of them? How unfair, part of our culture!

Little Rock

A short drive later I was in North Little Rock, staying in a municipal park on the Arkansas River.

View from my campsite in North Little Rock. The bridge, formerly a rail bridge, is a pedestrian walkway to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.

I got to see the presidential library / museum which showcases the good, bad and ugly of the Clinton presidency. What a fantastic museum.

I also visited Little Rock Central High School and the National Park Service’s Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site across the street, which tells the moving, yet horrific, story of Arkansas’ fight to block integration of the High School, a lasting stain on our entire country. You might want to watch Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later, available on HBO or DVD.

Little Rock Central was again the subject of a Supreme Court case in ’68 challenging the state’s prohibition on teaching evolution. It’s no surprise that the state ranks 44th in percentage of residents with at least a high school diploma, and 45th in personal income.

Next Up

Heading east through Tennesssee towards Maryland.

Flagstaff to Bowling Green

Just a few snapshots on the trail from Flagstaff, Arizona to Bowling Green, Kentucky.


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Flagstaff, Arizona

Huck a 37 foot 165 lb telephone pole
At the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival in Flagstaff – Caber Toss: Huck a 19 foot 165 lb telephone pole

Amarillo, Texas

World famous Big Texan steakhouse in Amarillo
World famous Big Texan steakhouse in Amarillo. Eat the 72 oz rib eye in 60 minutes and it’s free.

Dinosaur in cowboy boots at Big Texas steak house.
Dinosaur in cowboy boots at Big Texan steak house.

Horns on cars
Yep, horns on cars, really a thing

Joplin, Missouri

Grand Falls in Joplin Missouri
Grand Falls in Joplin Missouri

Tortoise on the road in Joplin MO
Tortoise on the road in Joplin MO

St. Louis, Missouri

Construction and renovations in the park surrounding Gateway Arch
The park around the Gateway Arch is undergoing extensive renovation and construction.

Downtown St. Louis from the top of the Gateway Arch
Downtown St. Louis from the top of the Gateway Arch

Elkhart, Indiana

Elkhart is the RV capital of the world. I was here to look at new captains chairs and a new couch, but the delivery and installation times didn’t work on this trip. Went to the RV Hall of Fame and a Thor factory tour.

An early motorhome at the RV/MH Hall of Fame museum, Elkhart, Indiana.
An early motorhome at the RV/MH Hall of Fame museum, Elkhart, Indiana.

Mae West's "House Car"
Mae West’s “House Car”

St. Joseph, Michigan

A beach stop on beautiful Lake Michigan.

Not the ocean. Silver Beach in St. Joseph on Lake Michigan.
Not the ocean. Silver Beach in St. Joseph on Lake Michigan. Miles of soft sand and crystal clear water. No ice this time of year.

Bluffton, Indiana

Wabash River, downtown Bluffton, Indiana
Wabash River, downtown Bluffton, Indiana

Louisville, Kentucky

The Kentucky Derby Museum, Whiskey Distillery Tour and a day at the races at Churchill Downs and some crazy underground ziplines.

Entering the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs
Entering the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby Museum - Secretariat in the Winner's Circle
Kentucky Derby Museum – Secretariat in the Winner’s Circle

The main gate at Churchill Downs
The main gate at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs - Race 4 - On the Turf
Churchill Downs – Race 4 – On the Turf

Mint Julep - had to try one. I'll pass next time, bourbon doesn't need sugar and water.
Mint Julep – had to try one. I’ll pass next time, bourbon doesn’t need sugar and water.

Bowling Green, Kentucky

At the National Corvette Museum, now recovered from the sinkhole that swallowed 8 cars in February 2014.

National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum

National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum

National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum

The outline of the sinkhole and cave that opened up in February 2014 is marked off in tape in the hall of fame / spire room at the National Corvette Museum.
The outline of the sinkhole and cave that opened up in February 2014 is marked off in tape in the hall of fame / spire room at the National Corvette Museum.

These cars were damaged beyond repair in the sinkhole collapse of 2014.  They are on display right were they were before the collapse.
These cars were damaged beyond repair in the sinkhole collapse of 2014. They are on display right were they were before the collapse.

Wrecked Corvettes on display.  These were recovered from the sink hole disaster and were beyond repair.  They are on display right where they were before the disaster.
Wrecked Corvettes on display. These were recovered from the sink hole disaster and were beyond repair. They are on display right where they were before the disaster.

Lost River Cave entrance, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Lost River Cave entrance, Bowling Green, Kentucky

On a boat tour in Lost River Cave, Bowling Green, Kentucky
On a boat tour in Lost River Cave, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Having a Cold One in Texas

A cold one in Texas
A cold one in Texas
Yes, that too. But seriously, it’s cold here in San Antonio. Freezing rain overnight, low 30s, light rain and wind this morning. Winter storm Cleon (when did we start naming storms, I thought that was just for hurricanes) has knocked out power for 200,000 in Dallas, 250 miles north of here. Looks like it will be too treacherous to travel until, at least, Monday. Maybe I’ll see how the River Walk looks with a little ice.

San Antonio