Day 24: I may be in the middle of nowhere, but at least my clothes are clean

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DAY 24: Broken Bow, Oklahoma
Miles traveled: 3,714
States visited: 14 (just added: Oklahoma)
Weather: 83, sunny

Today I write from the Suds N Such in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. I know you’re jealous. Doesn’t everyone aspire to someday visit the Suds N Such in Broken Bow? For what it’s worth, this is the nicest laundromat I’ve ever seen – they have restrooms, televisions, magazines, a kids’ play area, and the whole thing is done in what I would call a Martha Stewart down home kind of décor with fake plants and country style curtains. And they’re playing CNN on the tvs, instead of Fox News, which every other business in the south seems to play. I’ve never felt more at ease while washing my dirty underwear.

At times I’ve been a bit frustrated that this trip feels a little too structured. So yesterday in western Arkansas I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a long, long time. I turned off my phone, turned off my GPS, and just drove, with no destination, no direction, no cares. I was totally free.

That lasted for about an hour.

The road I’d been driving on for 20 minutes came to an abrupt and unannounced end at a lake. So I had to turn around and retrace my steps, using up gas and adding unnecessary miles to the trip. After that I turned on the GPS and still tried to be as unstructured as possible, while making sure that the roads I was driving on would lead somewhere.

Did I see anything interesting on the road? Not much. A bunch of deer. Some dogs sitting on the yellow stripe of the road, not moving until I got right on top of them. A kid walking to his mailbox with his three pet goats was probably the highlight.

After entering Oklahoma I came upon this historical marker for Eagletown, the first settlement by the Choctaws… well, you can read it for yourselves.

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It’s weird seeing hoards of Native Americans walking out of Walmart, because you just don’t get that in Pennsylvania. But I like it. I’m fascinated by the diversity of all the areas I’ve visited.

I’m headed towards Austin but first I have another day and a half to drive around aimlessly and see what other small towns I can stumble upon.

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4 Responses to Day 24: I may be in the middle of nowhere, but at least my clothes are clean

  1. Keilan says:

    As though it weren’t bad enough to march the Choctaw along the “Trail of Tears,” we also imposed written grammar, smallpox, and now WAL-MART on them. I’ve never been so proud of my whiteness.

  2. Holly says:

    1. What is up with all the goats in the south?
    2. Agreed with what the person above said re: the Choctaw.
    3. I forgot to tell you that if you don’t have Google 411’s number in your phone, it might be helpful if/when you are without a computer. You just call the 800 number, say your city and state, and then you can say a specific business name, or just, ‘chinese food’, and it will give you a list. It will also connect you to the business, or text you the address. I’ve used it to find vegetarian food in a few places. Very helpful. It’s 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411).

  3. Scott says:

    That’s true about Walmart!

    Good tip, thanks Holly!

  4. kristie says:

    I’m glad to hear you are busting out of the schedule-mode and giving yourself some more freedom. The last thing you want to have happen is to come to the end of your trip wishing you had given yourself the opportunity to spend another day somewhere that you really enjoyed, or slowed down long enough to take pictures in a new state, etc.
    I’m also glad that you’re having such a good time! Go Pens! Game 4 tonight. I’ll text you afterward!

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