Road Trip: The last 48 hours.


Our overnight stay in Brinkley, Arkansas was less than comfortable. The hotel we chose had outdoor room access; and, it was under renovations. For some reason, the mosquitoes were invasive, so that every time we opened the door, ten mosquitoes flew in. And, when we first entered the room, it was sweltering hot and sticky. My husband, Rick and I felt like we were on a jungle expedition in the middle of Africa. It was nearly unbearable. Finally, when the air condition overcame the heat and humidity, we were able to get a bit of sleep.

On Tuesday morning (July 19), we were up early and ready to roll. Memphis was only about an hour away; and, its famous pyramid was visible from a distance. The drive through Tennessee was beautiful. And, we made great time even though we lost an hour by crossing over to the Eastern Time Zone from the Central Time Zone at Rockwood, which is about 47 miles west of Knoxville on interstate 40. We made it all the way to Bristol, which is in both Tennessee and Virginia, by 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

In Bristol, we stumbled upon a popular local restaurant that is truly fantastic… Cootie Brown’s. Their menu is as unique as their ambiance with bison burgers alongside spinach burgers. I honestly believe their extensive menu would satisfy most people’s palates, as well as, their dietary needs/restrictions.

The desserts were so tempting that Rick and I decided to each have our own, because we could also take back to the hotel what we didn’t finish at the restaurant. I had their exclusive peach pie, which had a smooth cream cheese filling layered with California peaches – all baked in their famous vanilla cake crust. Rick had their Raspberry Fusion, which had two rich layers of creamy raspberry filling – one is smooth & silky, the other is rich and tart with real raspberries – all in a chocolate graham cracker crust. I was delighted that we indulged. From their website, I learned that Cootie Brown’s is also located in Johnson City, Tennessee. After dinner, we returned to our hotel (Hampton Inn) fully satisfied and ready for a good night’s sleep.


Wednesday morning, we were on the road by 9:30 a.m. with only one stop more for gasoline before we arrived home at 5:00 p.m. It would have been closer to 4:00 p.m. but as we got within 9 miles from our exit, we were caught up in some ridiculous traffic due to construction. Ironically, we saw a handful of twenty-something guys in a Jeep with New Mexico license plates hamming it up and making the most of the situation. The image of them with silly squid hats on their heads will always put a smile on my face as a great ending for our cross-country adventure.

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