Whoopee, we're on the road!!
Day one found us at the same start off point as in the first two years- a Flying J in Effingham Illinois where we camped in the parking lot. There are always other RVer's there and we see many RV haulers looking to spend the night in a free spot. While not quite all free we hit the accompanying Denny's for a good breakfast before heading out.
Day two we had planned to stop at Sikeston, MO but after arriving early we opted to continue on to our next destination. We arrived in Arkabutla Lake a Corp of Eng. park. It is on a good size reservoir in northern Mississippi. We headed here as it looked like we could get in some hikes and not be to far for a day trip to Memphis and Beale Street.
So Thursday we took off to play tourist. First we headed where everyone going to Memphis must have been going- Graceland. This was our first visit to the famous property bought by Elvis. We chose the medium priced $37 tour which takes you through all but the planes he owned. We enjoyed it and thought it worth the money. And I guess they have perfected the movements of tons of people touring this place, as waits and the crowds didn't seem to bad.
We walked two short blocks and were there. As we had time we strolled up and down the three blocks window shopping at first. We finally found a nice outdoor venue with some live blues going on. Then some more walking and menu browsing, we decided on a mixed platter at The Pig. Yeah most revues of the downtown eateries were average and we found The Pig just okay. Oh well we plan to hit a BBQ festival this weekend so hopefully we will get some better there.
As far as Memphis we thought it looked pretty slummy in some areas and not a place we want to hit at night, but maybe that's just us. Traffic around was pretty low making driving easy.