On Monday the 14th the bags were all packed and the trailer we had built was filled to overflowing and we set off going at a top speed of 55 mph driving with a cracked radiator (the cracked radiator obviously was not planned.)(ps. It is not a good idea to drive 1300 miles towing a completely full trailer through the moutains of Arkansas with a cracked radiator. Don't try this at home). We drove all day on Monday until reaching our destination of Red Top Mountain State park, just outside Atlanta GA.
The next morning we got started bright and early and drove as fast as we could to our next destination in Tupelo Mississippi (crossing Alabama) at Trace State Park. We wanted to give Jamen as much time as we could outside the car. He was VERY VERY good the whole trip. Hardly fussed at all, even though we could tell he wasn't having fun. We achieved our goal and arrived for the night at around 3 in the afternoon allowing for plently of time outside the car.
We arrived at Hot Springs later than we wanted and were dissappointed to have come all this way and not see the Hot Springs. So we decided that since we didn't have to vacate our campsite until 5pm we would take a hiking trail from our campsite to the Hot Springs and enjoy exploring that a little. We did have fun, but it kept us from getting on the road until 11 am on Thursday. Thursday was the roughest day for the radiator. We drove through beautiful country in North Arkansas, but had to stop about every 40 miles to refill the radiator. It made from a nervewracking time. We kept driving and driving and driving until finally was pulled up into Roach Missouri (don't blink) and onto New Tribes Missionary Training Center campus. A steep downhill was there to greet us and we slid all the way down to the bottom. When the dust settled some staff here Bob and Sanya Hazen had spotted us and shown us to our apartment.
So from July 9th to July 17th we drove through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and finally Missouri. So I guess 10 states in 9 days, but it sounds better as 10 states in 10 days.