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Mississippi Township

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    • Day 7

      Arkansas

      September 24, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

      Durch die Fahrt über eine Brücke von Memphis Downtown aus gelangt man, nachdem man so den Mississippi überquert hat, nach Arkansas. Das war nur ein kleiner Abstecher, der hier Erwähnung finden sollte.

    • Day 24

      Anden dag i Memphis 3/8

      August 4, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

      Puha en dag! Det er gået stærk og hold da op hvor har vi set meget! Vi startede dagen tidligt med at køre ud til Graceland, Elvis' hjem. Vi er jo på budget, så vi holdte ovre ved en souvenirforretning helt gratis - ups. Vi var der præcis da de åbnede. Vi fik købt billetter, hvor vi kunne se næsten alt med undtagelse af hans privatfly. Vi blev derefter guidet ud til en shuttlebus, som skulle køre os over på den anden side til selve Graceland, Elvis' hus. Her skulle vi stå ude i den stegende sol og vente på at vi måtte komme ind. Det er blevet vanvittigt varmt siden vi er kommet herned syd på og klokken var altså kun 9 om morgen og vi svedte!
      Vi havde fået udleveret en iPad og et par høretelefoner, som ville guide os igennem huset med undtagelse af overetagen, som Elvis' private del af huset og det er forblevet privat bestemt af hans datter. Det var ekstremt flotte rum, hvor der virkelig var kælet for detaljen. Han sparede ikke på noget. Der var stuen, hans forældres soveværelse med badeværelse til, spisestuen, køkkenet, poolrummet, jungleværelset og tv rummet. Poolrummet var noget af det vildeste. Det var beklædt med stof i folder på væggene. Junglerummet havde inspiration af Hawaii, som var Elvis' ynglings feriested. Til sidst tv rummet, hvor Elvis kunne se tre programmer på en gang. Det skulle han jo have når præsidenten også havde det 😃
      Udover det var der et kontor i en seperat bygning, heste, en stor have, en meditationshave hvor Elvis, hans forældre, hans farmor og han dødsfødte tvillingebror ligger. Udover det var der nogle rum med udstillinger af plader, kostumer mv. Ej at forglemme, så havde han selvfølgelig også lige en pool.

      Efter rundvisningen på Graceland kørte vi tilbage med shuttlebussen og gik ind på museet for hans biler. Hold op hvor var han bil glad! Udover det var vi inde i 4 andre museer om hans forhold til Hawaii, hans forhold til hans barndomsbyen Tupelo, et som udstillede forskellige ting som tilhørte ham og til sidst museet om film og om billeder af ham.

      Generelt er Memphis en ret så død by, men jeg skal love for at de bruger Elvis i alle sammenhænge udover nede på Beale Street, hvor de går meget op i blues og hvor Memphis er blues' hjemby.
      Fun facts om Elvis:
      Der findes tre store lagerbygninger med hans ting og ting der bare minder om ham. Det skal så også siges at han havde et hus i Los Angeles udover det i Memphis. Elvis døde som 42 årig, 2 år før hans far og nåede at blive gift med Priscilla og få et barn, Lisa Marie. Han nåede dog også at blive skilt igen 4 år før hans død.
      Elvis har 1 diamond plade (10.000.000 solgte kopier) og 38 guld plader (over 500.000 solgte kopier) og 100 platinum plader (over 1.000.000 solgte plader).

      Efter Graceland kørte vi ned til Memphis Riverboat, hvor vi gik om bord på en hjuldamper. Vi fik selvfølgelig tilbudt at få taget et billede foran båden, som senere kostede 10 $, som alle andre turiststeder. Vi har gentagne gange takket nej og det gjorde vi også den her gang. Under turen op og ned af Mississippi floden fortalte en middelaldrende mand forskellige sjove historier fra området og han fortalte om de skibe der kom forbi. Fx så kom der en båd forbi som skubber containere og de containere kan sænke op til 12 feet, når de er fyldt, men de er kun 18 inches under vand når de er tomme også må kokkene kun være damer over 55, fordi mændene er på de skibe 30 dage af gangen, som han sagde: "det kan i jo selv gætte hvorfor" 😂

      Vi hørte også om Mississippi floden, som er ca 2300 miles lang. Det er den 4 største flod i verden efter Nilen, Amazon og Kongoen.
      Han var super hyggelig og når jeg kommer hjem skal i se en film med hans sydstats accent - det lyder så sjovt. Vi laver stadig et ansigt til hinanden Louise og jeg når de virkelig slår sig ud hernede.

      Efter en varm bådtur uden aircondition i over 30 graders varme gik vi op mod National Civil Rights Museum, som ligger der hvor Lorraine Motel lå, der hvor Martin Luther King Jr. blev skudt. Det var lidt specielt! Det var et rigtig flot museum. Der var en bus med en statue af Rosa Parks og en Freedom Rider bus og selvfølgelig talen "I have a dream". Desværre havde vi kun 1 time og 45 minutter til de lukkede. Jeg kunne godt have brugt flere timer derinde :)

      Vi havde fået af vide på vores hotel at man skal holde sig fra Memphis når der bliver mørkt, så vi smuttede ned i Beale street til souvenir butikkerne og derefter gik vi langs floden hen til bilen under en påbegyndende solnedgang.

      Vi kørte på Wendys og fik takeaway salat til aftensmad 👏🏻
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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 2

      Across Tennessee

      September 29, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      We met up with John and Denise yesterday and traveled together. Denise made dinner for us last night at the Pilot truck stop where we stayed overnight. Today I learned the meaning of " them thar hills of Tennessee". Mountains from the Eastern part of the state to Nashville and hills all the way across 40 to Memphis. Skyline photo is Nashville. As we got closer I could see 8-10 construction cranes. Lots of building going on. The pyramid is in Memphis. Glass top has a restaurant. We may check that out later in the trip. Next the Mighty Mississippi and into Arkansas. Stopping at a Flying J for the night.Read more

    • Day 9

      T O Fuller State Park campground

      April 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Met some follow campers that had a teardrop similar to ours, just a year older. It was interesting to see how they setup thier galley. Shared some good conversations around the campfire.
      Visited the ancient Chucalissa Indian village mound achilogical site that is within the state park.Read more

    • 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

    • 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 115

      Rain Again 😩

      July 12, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

      I left the hotel at 07:15 this morning under heavy skies. The rest of the day was ☁️🌧️🌦️💦☁️☀️☁️🌧️🌦️💦☀️. I am so tired of wet roads 😭.

      This post is later than noon because I'm ending the day now and I didn't hit any dealerships. Whaaaat 😱?!? I know, but I've already hit all of them on this route 😁. At noon I was on an I-40 bridge passing over the Tennessee River and Kentucky Lake. Not sure how one body of water can be both a river and a lake, but there it is.

      I made it to West Memphis, Arkansas, via the interstate system without too many people trying to kill me. They really should build separate roads for passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers.

      So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

      Day 114 mileage: 271.4 (total 27530.4)

      [No photos because I dropped my camera on I-40 before I downloaded the pics from the past few days 😭.]
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