Onward to Onward!

Recently we did a road trip with Hugh Leigh and Gigi after a fairly long hiatus of them.  The main reason was Hugh Leigh hadn’t been feeling very well and when he finally relented and went to see the doctor they put him in the hospital in Yazoo City due to pneumonia.  Once there, they realized his heart was not pumping blood, which then doesn’t let the lungs work properly and the lungs start to fill up with fluid.  In other words it was time to send him to Jackson for heart work.

To keep it simple, he now has a couple of stents and is feeling a whole lot better!

Our trip’s itinerary was to have lunch at the Onward Store in Rolling Fork / Onward and then go down to Vicksburg to check out the site of a wedding reception site for Tim Nolan’s son.

In the famous words of a Vermonter, “You can’t get there from here” at least quickly to Onward.  It takes a little over an hour to get to Onward.  The Onward Store is known as a great place to eat, especially dinner but has a great lunch menu, too.  It really is an old, old general store that has a historic marker telling the tale of Teddy Roosevelt and a bear hunt that wasn’t much of a hunt as they could only find a bear cub which Teddy refused to shoot. However, the end result after the story hit the newspapers is that the Teddy Bear came into being as a doll maker made one up for Teddy’s daughter Alice. And, as they say, that is the rest of the story.

Pat and Teddy's Bear.jpg

Gigi ordered the fried catfish and when she tasted it said that it was the best catfish she has eaten. I asked, “Even better that Hugh Leigh’s?” To which she said, “Yes”.  It is because HL uses Simmons meal vs flour and she is a fan of flour vs meal.  I tried it and it reminded me of tempura which means that the oil used is very hot and also very good oil.

Then as we started back home a different way than we came, Gigi announced that there was her horse BMW in the field we were passing. She said that she had sold BMW and her favorite horse Pretty Woman so as to buy a Tennessee walking horse as the two horses were getting old but the person buying them wanted them for children who were beginning to ride.

As we drove we were also checking out flooding damage caused by the heavy rains we are experiencing this Spring. The rain, which has been good for corn and soy bean crops, has stunted the growth of the cotton which likes hot dry weather.  We had to loop down to Vicksburg which is where we saw the most flooded fields.

All in all, a very good days ride.


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