July 25Oklahoma is considerably greener than the other states we've been driving through in this southern trek eastward. Lush forests give way to farmland and then return to complete the Oklahoma landscape. Farm acreage is embellished with neatly rolled hay bundles, by the hundreds. On the road, we drive through nation after nation of Native american lands: Comanche, Apache, Shawnee, Seminole, Choctaw, Muskogee (Creek).
We have been on this fabulous road trip for five weeks now. My transition to retirement has been quite a remarkable journey, in every sense of the word. "This Land is Your Land" has gained stupendous new depth of meaning.
But, we remind ourselves, and each other, we have got to get home again -- and soon. So we resolve to "make tracks" and cover 300-450 miles of American road each day for the rest of our return trip. Less spontaneity, fewer diversions. But we still have plenty of beautiful ground to cover, and more friendly people to meet along the way.