I like road trips, because they often show you parts of a country that you wouldn’t see otherwise. The originally planned destination is of particular interest, but often not as important as the way itself, which led me from Houston via Arkansas through the Ozark Mountains directly to Branson, Missouri.
In between my adrenaline level was increased considerably when I noticed while paying at a gas station that I probably left one of my credit cards in the Kemah Boardwalk at the Saltgrass Steak House restaurant… Since a return trip to Kemah, Texas would mean a detour of several hours, I wanted to block my card as soon as possible. But even this is hardly possible if you don’t have an internet enabled sim in your mobile phone and even an attempt to connect to the internet in a McDonald’s on the way failed miserably. Not until the visitor center of the state of Arkansas I could finally connect and therefore finally block my card.
Arkansas was more or less my salvation and even without this incident I really enjoyed the numerous miles through this state. At the latest when I went over Little Rock and into the Ozark Mountains I was blown away. Scenically and technically this route was great, even though it became more and more exhausting with the dusk. Eventually I reached the state of Missouri and soon the city of Branson.
In Branson, I booked a package deal through the Silver Dollar City theme park website, which included the theme park and the Fall Creek Inn & Suites hotel. Even though the hotel was optically nicely situated and quite clean, the equipment was rather simple. Unfortunately, there was not even a mini bar in the rather small room, which turned out to be very unflattering during my visit, for example my fudge bought in the amusement park melted away completely untried.
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