Bible Belt

October 11, 2013 § 1 Comment

We left Louisville, Kentucky this morning and arrived in Little Rock, Arkansas this evening. Another long day on the road.

Road food, like street food is exactly what I want sometimes.

Road food, like street food is exactly what I want sometimes.

Highway landscape doesn’t vary much in general and if one doesn’t look closely many states can look the same mile after mile. However, after a while small differences and repetitions start to stand out.

Today we crossed 3 states, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas, all part of  “the Bible Belt”, and the consistently recurring sights were: Billboards with stark religious messages, gun shops, adult megastores and firework convenience stores/gas stations.  I kept wondering if these were for the Bible Belt population or for people like us, Northerners, looking for “attractions”  unseen in our part of the country…

Fireworks for every day!

Fireworks for every day!

In between trucks, I got a glimpse of the countryside as we were going through more rural areas. All the trees were still green, the grass wasn’t blue and I saw cotton fields for the first time. This landscape, at times desolate with signs of poverty and isolation,  somehow felt less hostile than the Ohio and Pennsylvania steel and concrete sprawl.

And so far nowhere on this trip did anything look like a postcard.

Cotton fields, seen from our car going at 55 MPH.

Cotton fields in Arkansas, seen from our car going at 55 MPH.

Oh!  And I forgot, we went by a town called Bucksnort, in Tennessee, on the way to Memphis…

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