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  Dave and I leave town on January 4th for a trip to Douglas, Arizona and (we hope) back to Florida because we live here.  I'll try to make entries as the trip progresses.

  This is how the car looks on the rainy New Year's Day before we leave.
On Thursday, I post the itinerary on the refrigerator for Linda.


  Loading the car in Dave's driveway, Dave holds the dogs while Joe takes our picture.
At Brooksville we find the Veterans Honor Roll by the courthouse and a mural (With Elvis?) in the bank parking lot.
The manatee and girl on her cell phone and bicycle are in Crystal River.



  Saturday morning, Dave is driving and spots old tractors in Ozark, Alabama.  He is delighted to find they are for sale; he can buy this International for only $1500!!
In Troy we find military equipment beside their famous Trojan.
The Senator Thad Cochran U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse is in Aberdeen, Mississippi.
Of course we stop at Elvis's birthplace in Tupelo where we find beds for the night.


  During the grits, eggs and chicken fried steak at Holly Springs, Mississippi on Sunday, we discover Ulysses S. Grant once lived there, so we cruise the town, finding a water tower and a tank sporting Christmas lights.

In little Rock we find Flying Saucer closed so we cross the street to Rhumba and view one of Arkansas' finest write a ticket for a lady and her dogs.

Heading to Michelle's for dinner we pass Heifer International and the Clinton Presidential Library.




  When I was in Arkansas I saw a saw
That could outsaw any other saw I ever saw saw.
If you've got a saw that can outsaw the saw I saw saw
Then I'd like to see your saw saw.

In Hot Springs we visit the National Park Service's Fordyce Bathhouse, built by Colonel Samuel Fordyce in 1915.
After a Rotary meeting, we drive to Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Beavers Bend State Park.




  It's January 8th and we find our way from Broken Bow to Texarkana to Dallas to have lunch with John and Denise.  Afterwards we head West, find an historic marker and spend the night in Dickens, Texas.  



  Driving to Lubbock on Wednesday, Dave is impressed with the size of the cotton bales.  



  After an oil change we visit Texas Tech.  Then Pete took us to the American Wind Power Center, Buddy Holly Museum and lunch with Alicia.  



  We passed many oilfields on our way to spend the night in Roswell, New Mexico.  



  Thursday the 10th we visit Carlsbad National Park.  On our way to Las Cruces is Pine Spring Stage Stand, built in 1858 as a station on the Saint Louis to San Francisco mail route.  



  We cross the continental divide in the Gila Wilderness on Friday, heading to Tucson.  Per Linda's request we lunch on a Lotaburger in Silver City.  



  Saturday is plane day at the PIMA Air and Space Museum in Tucson.
Hold your mouse over a thumbnail for a description of the aircraft.
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