Looking ahead: Arkansas & Southern Missouri
Since I didn’t have 300 words to say about Austin, the other thing I’m thinking about is the next leg of the journey. How am I going to get to Detroit from Texas?
The places to go on that list are pretty random:
- My friend in Dale, IN
- The Creation Museum
- Branson, MO
- Chicago - which I’m taking out of this trip & turning into it’s own separate trip.
After my experience in Truth or Consequences, when I saw that there’s a Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, that got added to the list. It fit really nicely on the map. After my experience in Utah, seeing that Hot Springs & Ozarks are in the same area, I started to get more excited about (of all things) driving through Arkansas. Same sentence comes to mind: when am I genuinely going to be driving through Arkansas again? Make the most of it.
I think a week is going to be a good trip from Texas to Missouri, maybe a little less. Here’s the planned (ish) route - https://goo.gl/maps/g5N6eNYPmNH2
- Houston to Tiger Creek Rescue & drive towards Shreveport. Stop in Shreveport for the Rose Garden.
- Shreveport to Hot Springs National Park
- Little Rock
- Mountain View & see/learn more about the Ozarks & Ozark culture.
- Walton Family Art Museum in Bentonville
- Bentonville to Diamond, MO.
- Diamond to Branson.
I don’t know where I’m going to sleep along the way or how much time I’ll spend at any roadside attraction or stop.
The cheese guy I talked to at Whole Foods, happened to be from the Mountain View area. When I said I was planning on driving up, he’s the one who mentioned the Ozarks & how pretty the area was.
From there it looks like Branson to St. Louis. St. Louis to Dale. Dale to Louisville & then Petersberg. https://goo.gl/maps/SqgaPT1oDGN2 After that it’s whatever route through Ohio & I will be home. I’ll figure out Ohio when that part is a little closer.