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Bauxippi-Wyanoke Revetment

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    • Day 26

      Mississippi Revisited, Memphis Tennessee

      October 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Despite ducking bullets, over zealous rangers and nearly becoming cast members of a Deliverance movie we’ve hung around Memphis, Tennessee mainly because of the Mississippi River.
      If you could fence off all the crazies, you’d probably need a pretty big fence though, the rest of the people are brilliant.

      Another thing is you get used to seeing the gun section next to the fruit and vegetables isle in a Walmart store, it’s going to make our supermarkets look a little naked not seeing that when we get back home.
      Speaking of guns, though not being Elvis fans we still had to visit Graceland because any guy who would shoot a TV if he didn’t like the show that was on is alright by us.

      Obviously we are in the non fan minority because the whole complex is massive, there are acres of land just to house the infrastructure and the shuttle busses that ferry the adoring fans from the car parks to the property.
      The fans have graffitied lampposts, footpaths and the fence of Graceland itself with their personal messages to Elvis.
      All the “hop on the bandwagon” businesses around Elvis Presley Boulevard have his music blaring out onto the street and tacky images of “The King” are everywhere, our favourite is the souvenir shop right next to the property itself.
      Forget the Museum of Modern Art in New York, that’s an aberration or Niagara Falls, that’s a natural phenomenon, right here, right now is the real America and we are lucky enough to be traveling right through it.
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    • Day 25–28

      West Memphis, AR

      December 11, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

      After a 13 year run of calling our home west of the Mississippi, we are spending our last few days just on the West Coast of that river, here in not-quite-Tennessee.

      It's a lovely spot with great views and lots and lots of river barges!Read more

    • Day 1

      Tom Sawyer RV

      June 27, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 88 °F

      Disclaimer – I’m not having Glenn proof read all my entries.

      Our first Official Road Trip, and I’m not going to lie. It was a tough and difficult day.

      It started out the night before, where Glenn and I decided that we would rent a U-Haul dolly to get the Sion up to Indiana and I wouldn’t have to drive the Sion at all. We signed the contract. Glenn drove the RV to get the dolly hooked up and the lights on the RV were not working right. Long story short, U-Haul couldn’t let us leave with their dolly in this condition. So we went back to plan B. I would drive – follow ahead or follow behind.

      We left LA Prada at 6:30. First stop was a Flying J/Pilot, where we get 5cents off with our GoodSam award card. But first we had to find out how to use it. And the closest Flying J was about 30 miles away. This was our first time to see how filling the tanks work. Glenn maneuvered the RV great. I used the bathroom and then got breakfast at McDonalds. It took the order 15 minutes, so I asked for a free hash brown. We stopped at the new Roadside park where we were the day before with mom and dad. Glenn and I had our breakfast while I made a phone call to the Tom Sawyer RV park in West Memphis, Arkansas. The office doesn’t open until 10, so I had to call later. Boom. One night on the mighty Mississippi River.

      It was rough driving. There was lots of traffic on the road. Glenn and I stopped numerous times for me to take a potty break. We never really stopped for lunch. I grabbed a granola bar out of the RV and ate that along the road.

      We arrived at Tom Sawyer RV park around 3:30pm. Perfect. I had enough time to “set up house” for our first visitors. Karen and Carl Martinsen, severed 30+ years in Guatemala and have retired in the Memphis area. They came over for dinner. I quickly boiled some eggs and made tuna fish salad sandwiches. Karen brought us a loaf of bread. We had that plus some delicious watermelon.

      We had a great visit with Karen and Carl. We talked for about 3 hours. It was good to see them.

      Being here on the Mississippi River reminds me of the time I was at Camp Fire Camp in DeSoto, Texas and my counselor read us the stories of Huckaberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. I’ll never forget them. Also, at night, we could see and hear the long barges navigate the river. We slept with the air off (occasionally it would kick in).

      Now for day 2. We are packing up now to head on to Indiana.
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    • Day 5

      Camping on the Mississippi River

      June 20, 2023 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 79 °F

      After a stressful day of driving woes and storms, we made it to Memphis Arkansas. We passed the huge Bass Pro store and crossed the Mississippi River... Oh and that crazy rain from the drive today washes the skunk stink off from last night' hit and run incident on the way home from Ryan and Janine's.Read more

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