"Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5

Friday, August 20, 2010

Drive to Nashville

Our drive on Wednesday through East Texas and north on U.S. 59 was pretty uneventful until about 5:00 p.m.  We had stopped about 4:00 for gas, ice cream, and to use the internet to make our KOA reservation in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Shortly after we got back on the road, there was a terrible accident on I-30 about a mile or two in front of us.   One of the big wreckers used to tow 18-wheelers had a blowout and crossed the median hitting an 18-wheeler head on.  Both vehicles burned and there was one fatality - very sad situation.  The part of the interstate where we were located was closed for almost four hours.  Everyone made the best of it while the authorities took care of the situation.  The RV came in very handy for water, sandwiches, and most important - the bathroom!
Walter and our "neighbors".

Negotiating the use of the bathroom:)
Several miles of traffic - we were in the section that could not be diverted.

When they finally got one lane of traffic moving again, it was almost 9 p.m.  Next mishap was with the GPS.  It let us down and no telling where we were - Walter's comment was "we are lost in the jungle".  (Doug & LA will get that one:)  Finally found the correct address - but there was no KOA!!!  Next stop was a McDonald's parking lot where we got on the internet and found the correct address.  Success!!!  By that time it was 11:30 p.m., and way past our bedtime.  We were exhausted.

Next day we had no mishaps and got to the KOA in Nashville without problems.  Walter did get a DQ treat on the way.  I think I am going to have to take some "language lessons" when I move to Nashville. When we went for dinner last night, the conversation went something like this.  Made me laugh!

Waitress:  Would you like a basket of rose?
Walter:  Huh?
Waitress:  A basket of bread?
Walter:  Oh, yes please.

And they tell me I have a southern accent!!!

Waffle bowl sundae:)


Doris W. in TN said...

Peggy .... basket of rose. LOL! Yep, welcome to middle Tennessee. Girls in the golf league went to some other golf course to play one day, stopped at a little country market, saw hot dogs and asked what they're made from.
"Excuse me?

Beef. (Someone finally translated)


Peg said...

Gotta love having a bathroom with you at all times! ;>) Sounds like you're still having adventures!

Mary Beth said...

Welcome to Middle TN! You'll find "maters" are great this time of year. That's tomatoes in local-eze. BTW: east TN, middle TN, and west TN have different language patterns and words, very different cultures. After all, Hwy 40 was only completed in the mid-60's, first trans-TN Hwy. Then there's this matter of how TN came to be a part of the Confederacy...

nitacrow said...

I am sitting here LMAO at the language accent!!!!!! so funny.

You two rock opening Walter's RV so people could go to the bathroom....How very kind of you both!


I took my friends father who had early alzheimers to DQ and got him a waffle bowl of ice cream cherries, whipped cream and nuts..he ate 1/2 of it and looked at me and said 'that's the best thing I ever ate.'...and finished the rest and said that wasn't bad either..
too bad you couldn't swing down thru west..

Doris W. in TN said...

Mary Beth - Yep.... lov them 'maters! We can also teach her to say "Mrfsboro" and Shebvull". All soft drinks are called a "Coke", or a cold drink.

I remember when I-65 stopped at Harding Place, and I-24E stopped at Old Hickory Blvd near Hickory Hollow. Both were continued on to Birmingham and Chattanooga in the very early 1970s.

becki-c said...

Sounds quite unfortunate, but you got to meet a lot of nice people! That happens when you haul something with a bathroom.

I schooled in W. TN by Memphis for a few years and I never did figure out what some of them were saying. After that, TX seemed quite normal.

nitacrow said...

i can't stop laughing at the language....My Dad - from Memphis - talks just like you all are saying... I am sitting here laughing.....
Keep the writings going...
Good luck ......Love Nita

Peggy L said...

LOL! I do love "maters" so will remember that one. Also, in Texas all soft drinks are "Coke" so I'm already on board with that one.