AR Trip Stats (6/09):
Town visited most:
Places slept in:
West Memphis (3x)
Dixieland (7/04), Katrina Relief (10/05), Catfish Blues (10/08), Gulf
Shores (1/09), Motexarkiana
Plans: Things change...
I entered Arkansas during the
Southland Trip of July, 2004, after staying the night
north of Memphis. Having entered Memphis from an unusual
direction, I missed the dangerous curves on I-55 that make
the West Memphis approach so fun. So I
crossed the Mississippi the next day just so I could say I
was once in Arkansas. I did buy gas so there was
some purpose to it all. On a later trip I was
introduced to a cotton-rich alluvial plain.
Passed through this farmland thrice. In the late
summer and fall some of the farms are blanketed with
white cotton. West Memphis. Interstate
suburb on the edge of metropolitan Memphis. It is
full of prostitutes, off-track betting, confusing
frontage roads, and cheap motels. It has a good
Waffle House and a very bad Cracker Barrel. It is
surprising to find an Interstate town like this so
close to a major metro center. The city is about
seven miles west of downtown Memphis via the I-40
bridge that crosses expansive and beautiful delta
through this rich farmland of the Mississippi delta plain on
I-55 on three occasions. It can be a very tedious drive. The
state rest stops are horribly maintained, but at least they
Jasper. Dogpatch. Buffalo River NSR.
Ozark NF. Dover. Russellville. Harrison.
Hot Springs Village. Hot
Springs. Hot Springs NP.
DeGray SP. Caddo Valley. Arkadelphia.
The sun sets over Crittenden County as
seen from across the Mississippi in south Memphis. (2009)