Checking in from Crossett, AR …
On Sunday and Monday, May 6 and 7, I walked from Lake Village through Montrose and Hamburg to Crossett. This is the Arkansas Delta where farming is definitely big business. On the Mississippi side of the river, cotton was predominant with an occasional field of corn. On this side, the massive fields are mostly devoted to grain. As far as one can see, tractors are busy working the crops—corn, wheat, oats, soybean and even rice. Grain elevators, irrigation equipment and silos dot the countryside. With only a passing knowledge of farming since I was a kid, the tractors seem huge and the attachments complicated. But you get a real appreciation for all the hard work that goes into stocking our grocery stores and dinner tables.
While the farms are definitely impressive, the scenery gets to looking the same after miles and miles. Only the flooded rice paddies provide an interesting interlude. Didn’t expect to find rice paddies in southern Arkansas. Spotting critters is another diversion. Big turtles, snakes and even a scorpion have been spotted so far. That’s not counting the possums, raccoons, skunks and armadillos that make up the frequent road kill that dot the shoulders of the road.
Don’t know that the scenery will change much for the next few days. Here is my projected path:
Tuesday, May 8 … Hwy 82 to Strong, AR
Wednesday, May 9 … Hwy 82 to El Dorado, AR
Thursday, May 10 … Hwy 82 to Magnolia, AR
Friday, May 11 … Hwy 371 to Springhill, LA