Saturday, August 20
Today was a much better day than yesterday. My eyes popped open at 5am and I was ready to go by 5:30. I was thinking I would step out the door into a nice sunrise. It was still pitch black.
The sun finally did manage to rise a couple hours later and I was able to fly along the backroads with absolutely NO traffic. Sweet. I was hoping to find a McD’s for oatmeal and coffee, but there were none to be found. When I got hungry enough I started to look for a little restaurant for breakfast. I ended up at the Rockin’ A where a lot of trucks were parked (usually a good sign). I don’t even remember the name of the town. The breakfast was just about as memorable as the name. . .
I traveled along the desolate highway for many, many miles with pretty much the same scenery.
I clocked in lots of Sirrius radio time today. I listened to country, talk radio, and even tuned into the top 40 hits of today. (listened to the entire countdown!)
I made a brief tour of Newton, KS especially for you, Janet.
Emporia, KS was my intended stop for the night. I had pre-booked at the Super 8 after reading absolutely glowing reports on TripAdvisor. Yes, glowing reports of a SUPER 8. When I checked in I found out they weren’t kidding. The manager was super friendly and even gave me a King room. He called to make sure everything was ok after I got into my room. The actualy room was as nice as any 3*** hotel I have been in. All for $56 total!
Unfortunately, Emporia is filled with chain restaurants. No matter. I ended up at Applebees and enjoyed my dinner. Time for bed so I can get up and do it again tomorrow.
The plan is to drive to Columbia, M O to try and re-visit the Mississippi Fish Shack (Good Hot Fish) where Rich and I had the best fried chicken EVER last summer. Take a look at our previous visit here. All I want is a leg and a thigh and I will be in heaven. I also must save my appetite for brisket on the grill tomorrow night in Evansville. Can’t wait!