We left Grand Rapids at around 8:30 am. The roads were pretty bad as lake effect was creating low visibility and slippery conditions. We passed a few cars in the ditch but once we got to the state line, things cleared up. Northern Illinois was pretty flat and boring. We stopped a Cracker Barrel for lunch. After more corn fields, we got into Southern Illinois. That is a really beautiful part of the country. Rolling hills and rocks with scenic forests and pastures. The Mississippi is almost breathtaking coming down from the hills. We crossed right about where the Ohio spills in. The road leveled out again and Missouri and Arkansas were just one big flat patch of sparse trees and fields. I found out that the lone trees are actually boundaries and that port is the left side of a boat (because port and left both have four words). We got to Memphis just as the sun was setting. We pushed through to Hernando, MS before bedding down. The following morning we headed out. Mississippi is truly a beautiful state. Rolling hills, meadows and pastures. We decided to cross Lake Pontchartrain to enter New Orleans. That was exciting as the van bounced around the entire time (like 15 miles). Entering New Orleans, we saw a few FEMA trailers but the roads we traveled were fairly well restored (we head out tomorrow). We went to a seafood restaurant for dinner. I had a side of boiled potatoes, corn and mushrooms (was pretty good). The placed, as I’m told, served great seafood (Fisherman’s Harbor). They served a really good draft beer by Adita. Anyways, I must endeavor to sleep or something. I hope to keep you all informed with my future assignments. I will try to post pictures online.