Godzilla rests beside the Great River
Friday, August 7, 2009
You have to begin somewhere. Me 'n Godzilla began our road trip on the fast road. I'll admit, driving the interstate highway system is against our religion, but sometimes you gotta break with doctrine for the greater good. I'll try to explain.
We went fast and far, ending up on the right bank of the Mississippi River in downtown Muscatine, some 570 miles away from Crow's Cottage. There was just enough light to take a few pictures.
Now I'm sitting at a little table in the corner of a room in the EconoLodge next to Burger King on Highway 61, determined to begin the narrative. Most of you didn't even know that me 'n Godzilla had gone.
As late as it is, as sleepy as I am, as far as we've got to go, I'll make this first dispatch as brief as possible.
1. We're headed to Pine Bush, New York. Gotta be there a week from tomorrow. Today, by putting several hundred fast-road miles behind us, I was able to set the table for the meander that begins with the sunrise tomorrow.
2. I've some special stops planned along the way.
3. Once we get there, we'll stay for a few days, listening to doers and thinkers as they engage vital issues of our age and times.
4. The way back home shall be filled with wonders and adventure, Lord willin' and the creek don't rise.
From here on out, it's the slow roads all the way to the Hudson River Valley, except for the times we venture into a city and can't avoid the freeways. We'll be lookin' for natural wonders and an insight or three about culture and society. The plan is to show and tell along the way.
Stay with me now. Without you, the journey becomes an empty exercise. Stay in touch, too. Hearing from you will fortify me and my trusty atomic lizard for the long road ahead.
The inscription under the statue at Riverfront Park reads:
The workboat Kathy Ellen, steaming downstream at sunset.
The Journey Ends:
Shy and Wonderful:
An Easy Puzzle:
Sugar Hollow Road: