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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Taking in Memphis

Hi all,
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.
  As we had left Wisconsin temps were beginning to dip to the low 40's at night and 60's in the day. Arriving here we immediately felt the Mississippi humidity. What a difference a few miles south can make.)
 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.
 After that we programmed the GPS and headed to Beale Street to get some Blues n BBQ. Finding a place to park a big dually can be tricky at times but this time we found a decent spot and only $5.00.
 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.

1 comment:

  1. Not been to Memphis yet, but love BBQ and the blues. Is on our list!