As with any great adventure, you have to begin it with coffee.
So why would moving half-way across the country be any different? And of course, you’ll also need to visit your local U-Haul dealer.
With coffee in hand and the U-Haul attached to the truck, we were ready to set out on life’s next great adventure: moving from Georgia to Oklahoma. Our plan was simple. We would begin our journey by leaving the state of Georgia behind crossing into Alabama. From there, we would head into Mississippi. A quick detour through the tip of Tennessee would allow for a glimpse of Nashville before continuing on into Arkansas. Next, we would be heading down into the great country–I mean state–of Texas. Heading north, we would pop up into our final state, Oklahoma. Yes, this may not be the most direct path we could have taken, but it did allow us to see more of the country. And that was the goal!
I will admit that driving through the southeast doesn’t become exciting until you’ve made it a few states over from the Atlantic coast, in my opinion, because Georgia and Alabama look so similar. But I did find a few cool things to take pictures of along the way.
Now, our original plan was to load everything up and head out the next morning. Well, we decided to get a head start. The U-Haul was packed, every available inch of space filled with our remaining belongings and the truck was stuffed full with the rest of them. And considering we were finished loading mid-afternoon, we decided not to wait around. With several hours of sunlight still available we were able drive for several hours before dark. And even then, we kept going.
Reaching Olive Branch, Mississippi at nearly 10 p.m. we were exhausted and ready for a break. We wanted nothing more than to find a hotel and go to sleep. Of course, not before ducking into Top’s Bar-B-Q.
The next morning gave us the promise of a sunnier day, but that would soon change. Rain had been chasing us across the trip so far and it was far from giving up.
Continuing on, we caught a quick glimpse of Nashville, Tennessee before reaching our next state: Arkansas.
This was kind of a big deal because it finally felt as though we were out of the southeast. The drive through Arkansas was relatively exciting. We saw the capitol, Little Rock…
…and grabbed a bite to eat at Chester’s. (Their chicken is amazing!)
All the while, the piggies seemed to be doing just fine.
But while Arkansas was fun, it was the next state I was looking forward to: Texas!
Probably my favorite state in the U.S., it was like coming home. Even if it was just for a short time. After being away for several years, I was finally back and it felt good.
Of course, our destination was getting closer and that was even more exciting. After about 15 hours of driving time, two days, and several music albums later, we had reached Oklahoma! Where the wind comes sweeping down the–STOP THAT!!!
We pulled into town, just as the sun began to set. Looking around at the town before us, we had no idea what was in store for our lives. And now, even after living here for a few months, I still don’t have a clue. But so far things have been pretty good. We’ve settled back in to apartment life, bought a puppy, and joined a church. Tim is enjoying his new job and I’m enjoying the free time to blog. I would say Oklahoma has been good to us. I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of the pictures of my journey from the deep South to the Midwest.
Stay tuned to Seven Days a Week to see where life takes me next 🙂