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Day 2

Cannonball 911

I awoke around 5:30am local time and hit the road by 6. Bristol is right on the Virginia / Tennessee border so within minutes I was in the next state and headed for Knoxville. My goal for day 2 was to make it my father's house north of Dallas, 990 miles away.

 

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Almost immediately I ran into heavy rain. And then my new Garmin GPS unit I'd bought for the trip decided it had had enough. It shut down and never came back on. I tried everything but without a single sign of life. Reviewers on Amazon had mentioned this problem but I assumed it was only on early production units. I guess not. I had a large road atlas with me but had come to really appreciate all the immediate feedback the GPS unit provided. Time to replace it....

 

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As luck would have it, I brought the original box and receipt with me. Five minutes in a Nashville Best Buy and I was back in business. This time I opted for a TomTom GPS on the advice of the salesman.

 

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Cannonball 911

Shortly after this photo, my father called to ask where I was. I told him I had good news and bad news. The good news was that I was now in Arkansas. The bad news was that I was now in Arkansas.

 

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Migrating geese. There were thousands of them. Look closely and you'll see them everywhere.

 

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I reached Little Rock just as the sun set. I might have made better time up until now but apparently the states of Tennesee and Arkansas are much more hard up for cash than previously thought. The highway was lined with Mobile Revenue Generators and I didn't feel like contributing.

 

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Around this time I spotted a metal ladder sitting in-between lanes 1 and 2. I guess every day has to have at least one near-death experience.

 

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Cannonball 911

Finally I was back in Texas. It had been so long since I was last here.

 

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I just couldn't afford to stop and take photos on this trip but this is one of the few times I had to make an exception. This is what psychologists call a "happy place".

 

Cannonball 911

Finally I arrived at my father's and he was kind enough to make some room in the garage for me AND my car. What a guy. In fact, he even took me to an excellent sushi restaurant nearby. It was a delicious meal, especially after subsisting on Exxon cuisine for the past two days. If you find yourself in McKinney, Texas you should definitely check out Wasabi Sushi & Grill.

 

Day 2: 990 miles and 15.5 hours. Bristol, VA to Melissa, TX.

 

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