We’re halfway through the crazy journey I took in August. Have you been traveling with me? If not, you can follow along with these blog posts:
The next day I decided to help out by making my famous (and mostly foolproof) lasagna. I went to the local IGA for the ingredients, but still had plenty of time to myself before DTBAM (Destined-To-Be-A-Musician) got out of preschool. I thought I’d explore some of the local roadways that spread out like dusty veins from the main artery that is Interstate 70, and ended up in a spot perfect for a little writing.
Write Anywhere #70: Under A Bridge
Following the outer road along the interstate, I ended up in a little town called Pocahontas. I didn’t know anything about Pocahontas, other than it’s name listed on a green road sign on I-70, and the towering Powhatan Restaurant sign you can see from the highway.
Pocahontas is a village, with a current population of 850. That reminded me of the town my grandparents lived in many years ago: Ashley, Illinois, population 650. I remember looking for the sign each summer when we visited, wondering if the population number had changed. It never did.
Not much to see in Pocahontas, but they do have a claim to fame. Country singer Gretchen Wilson was born and raised in Pocahontas, and even wrote a song about it, Pocahontas Proud. Pocahontas makes the most of this famous connection, with the local park renamed Gretchen Wilson Park and a sign when you enter the town.
I drove down one of the main streets for two or three blocks and discovered the undersides of a bridge full of creativity.
I found a spot to park my car, walked back to the bridge, and sat on the curb in front of the mural with my notebook. I wrote for about 20 minutes, and was disappointed no one drove past. The bridge held up train tracks , and I hoped a train might rumble over, but all was peace and quiet. I guess not too much happens in a lot of small towns. At least that we know about. 😉
Did you discover a place that fueled your creativity this week?