We Can See Clearly Now...Wait, We're in Arkansas and Louisiana?
November 19, 2015
So…as I mentioned in our last post, we bagged our stop in Tuscaloosa. Why you ask? Well, we decided we would rather go to Searcy, Arkansas than Tuscaloosa. Huh?
Yeah, yeah, doesn’t make a lot of sense….unless you have a foggy window!! The seal on the driver’s window had blown—prior to us even purchasing the coach—and we knew at some point, we would either need a new window or get it fixed. Well, there are a few shops out there that tackle fixing these windows and one of those shops happened to be in Searcy, Arkansas. The other ones that we know of are in Florida and Arizona, but why would someone go there, when they could go to Arkansas!? Plus, bagging Tuscaloosa and adding Searcy to the itinerary only added about 40 miles to our trip, so made sense to get it taken care of while we were so close.
We left Nashville on Monday and needed to be in Searcy by Wednesday night, so our first night back on the road, we stayed another Harvest Host winery in Humboldt, Tennessee and yep, just as good as the first Harvest Host stop. We pulled in, walked up and were quickly greeted by Peter, one of the owners. Peter gave us a quick tour of the facility, gave us a tasting right from one of the vats, and told us to make ourselves at home. Peter, although very modest, is a astrophysicist and it was easy to see his ingenious touches throughout the winery.
One of his ingenious touches--solar of course!!
Greg and Peter talking about his solar array and charge controllers.
He had a pretty nice set up!!
This was the vat that he siphoned a cup of wine out of for us!!
After the tour, we then checked in at the office and then enjoyed a nice tasting, followed by some more information about the winery. We got to meet Peter's wife, Rita, who was a beauty queen in her day, and learned a little about her kids. All in all, not a bad way to end a Tuesday!!
The main building....it was beautiful!!
Greg picking out wine for his tasting...
Loved the name of this wine...not sure if this is what happens if you drink it?
The amphitheater, which was a new addition.
We had a casual drive the next day to Searcy, where we arrived around 4:00 and got set up for the night. Many repair facilities let you sleep in their parking lot and some even have electric hookups, or electric and water, but we were super stoked to learn they not only had electric and water, but they also had sewer!! Score. Yes, it’s sort of sad that we get so excited about poo (and grey water) disposal, but our site in Nashville only had electric and water and we needed to get some laundry done before our next stop, so this was perfect. And, well, not to knock Searcy, there really wasn’t a whole lot to do in this sleepy little town (and it was raining), so laundry was going to be our highlight!! Or so we thought!
They started on our window first thing Thursday morning and had it out and in the shop pretty quickly.
Taking out the window
Windowless The window getting a facelift. They take it all apart, clean it and reseal it.
Within a half hour of our window being out, we got a knock on the door. Thinking it was the guys at the Fog Doctor, Greg answered the door and nope, not the guys from the shop, but company. Yes, we got company in Searcy!?!
So it seems the president of FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association)—Charlie Adcock-- lives in Searcy and we had checked into Searcy on RVillage (facebook for the RV community) and he saw it, so came to find us. Guessing there weren’t too many places for him to look as he found us fairly quickly and stopped to introduce himself.
Charlie Adcock, FMCA president
While we are members of FMCA, we haven’t really done much (or anything) with the organization, so it was good to learn more about the benefits of FMCA and we got to hang out with Charlie for a couple of hours. He also connected us with the FMCA Under 60 FMCA task force, so we’ll start exploring our membership a little more in-depth and see if we can get more involved. Pretty cool of him to stop by and really glad we got to meet him. An unexpected highlight of our stop.
By noon, our window was done and they had it back in the coach. The before and after were amazing and was hard to believe it was the same window. Overall our experience was great and would highly recommend these guys if you need to de-fog your windows!!
BEFORE: Fogged window, streaked....just a mess.
AFTER: We actually had to look twice; couldn't tell if the window was in or not!
We finished up our laundry and then hit the road to our next stop—North Little Rock Arkansas! We only had about an hour drive and we had another night at a repair facility—the Cummins Mid-South repair facility. We were getting an EGR code and while things seemed to be running okay, we thought it made sense to get into the shop to have it looked at while we had time and before, whatever it was, became bigger issue. Well, luckily it was a very quick repair; just a hose that had a hole in it. Part was about ten bucks. Labor and all the other add-ons, not so cheap, but ultimately it’s fixed and the coach is running a lot better.
Very exciting....the repair facility...yawn!!
We were on the road before noon and had almost a four-hour drive to next our destination, which was Delhi, Louisiana. (I know what you’re thinking….how do they manage to find ALL of these glamorous places!!). Delhi, is in between Vicksburg, MS and Monroe, LA and when we were planning our route, we were attempting to do less miles in a day, and stop and smell the roses. Delhi, was the perfect range of miles from what was supposed to be our previous stop, (Tuscaloosa) so we booked it. Also, on the business side of things, we list our stops on our website, so Greg had managed to wrangle up a solar install in Delhi as well. Hey…people in Delhi need solar too!!
Greg working on the solar install
We stayed at Poverty Point State Park, and the park was very impressive. About half the sites had full hook up (unusual for a state park), cost was very reasonable ($20 a night for full hook up) and they also had wifi. Wifi that worked, which is also unusual. And, we had a whole loop to ourselves. Spoiled.
Our own personal loop!
Beautiful sunset at the lake!
The park had the coolest cabins we’ve ever seen….a little Bora Bora in Delhi!!
Our first (live) armadillo sighting!
Since the park also had bears and alligators,
we were okay with just seeing an armadillo!
While we were at Poverty Point for about five nights, we both had work, so our exploration was limited. On Saturday, I had a great hike around the park while Greg worked and then before catching a flight on Sunday, we went to Poverty Point World Heritage Site. The Site was about 10 miles or so from the campground and is an archaeological treasure.
The site is prehistoric earthworks built between 1600 BC to 1100 BC by hunters and gatherers. These earthworks included mounds and ridges and are the largest and most elaborate Native American settlement of its time in North America. The ancient people moved enough material to build a structure the size of the largest pyramid in Egypt, except they moved dirt instead of stone. These builders had no wheelbarrows, wagons, or pack animals; they only had baskets and their hands for this incredible construction and it’s estimated that it took them over 300 million hours to complete the ridges and mounds. Yes, million.
A aerial shot of the earthworks, stolen from the website.
The mound and ridges...
The actual mounds.
The Poverty Point inhabitants also participated in a trade network that reached to the Appalachian Mountains, the Midwest , and 1400 miles away to the Great Lakes region. If you think about that, it was quite an accomplishment especially for people that didn’t have agriculture (or cars….).
While it was just dirt moved around into piles, and in today’s world, you wouldn’t give it much thought, it was pretty fascinating to visit the museum and do the driving tour of the earthworks; it really brought history to a new perspective.
The Poverty Point World Heritage Museum...artifacts from the mounds and ridges.
We departed Delhi yesterday, but before we left, had to run by the UPS hub (a.k.a. trailer) to pick up a package. On the way back to the campground, I remembered reading the oldest pharmacy in Louisiana was in Delhi and it had an old-fashioned pharmacy with a soda fountain, etc. The pharmacy was in the downtown business district (a.k.a two streets of buildings with unfortunately more businesses closed than open). So, we swung in to check it out, and had a great stop.
First, Greg was hungry. No surprise there, but as soon as we got out of the car, his nose led us right into the pharmacy and right to the little food counter. After all of our time in Delhi, we finally found a breakfast joint!! When we sat down, we got that, “you ain’t from around here” look, but slowly throughout breakfast, we wore ‘em down and before we left, they were showering us with gifts. Seriously. We got a backscratcher, cups, ice cream scoopers and some other chotchkies. And to top it off, a full breakfast for both of us--$9.54. Free things and a cheap breakfast…can’t beat it!
EW Thomson Drug Company, the oldest continuous running pharmacy in Louisiana.
So, that wraps up our time in Arkansas and Delhi, All in all a couple of productive stops and a nice visit in Delhi. And while the town of Delhi probably won’t be featured on the travel channel anytime soon, we truly enjoyed the park and some of the history in the area.
Well, the circus is moving on….where?…Well, Minden Louisiana of course! Thanks for following along!