Sikeston, MO to Tupelo, MS
Nov 17, 2008
|Today was the second travel day in the trip to the Rio Grande Valley. We were awake early enough to have our morning coffee, check the blogs of some friends, and get all hitched up and ready to roll shortly after 7:00 AM.
We drove out of the campground and headed south on I-55 toward Memphis, TN. We listened for Carl on the “walkie-talkie”.
We had a cell phone call from Carl that he was on the way so we drove at a slower than normal speed, giving him a chance to catch up with us. We could tell that he was getting closer to us because the radio reception was getting more clear all the time. Soon Carl announced on the radio that he had us in sight. Great, now we are rolling!
Traffic was heavy going through Memphis, TN, but we made good time and were soon in Mississippi, which was a new state for Marilyn.
We made one stop for fuel and to stretch our legs. That was after we turned southeast on Hwy 78 in Mississippi.
We arrived at Barnes Crossing RV Park about 12:30 PM. We had driven 251 miles and I got 10.6 mpg for the trip.
Carl & I were parked in adjacent sites and were all set up soon after parking in sites 50 and 51. Marilyn walked around and took some pictures to share with you. As you can tell from the pictures this is a beautiful place to be. The trees still have some color and the warm sunshine assures that the flowers remain colorful as well.
The sunshine was warm enough for the four of us to enjoy a cold drink sitting in our lawn chairs between our two Rvs.
None of us had eaten much all day to this point so we drove in Carl’s truck to the Red Lobster for a late lunch. We could have chosen Cracker Barrel or Applebees, both were close by, but we were happy with Red Lobster. The food was good and we enjoyed the conversation and the company of these good friends.
On the way back to the campground we drove past the campground for about half a mile and found the Natchez Trace Visitor’s Center. We looked around at the exhibits and picked up several brochures and a map of the Natchez Trace. We look forward to exploring tomorrow, as we drive the Trace south to Jackson, MS.
We plan to stop for lunch at French Camp and take a walk at the Cypress Swamp before joining the Interstate over to Vicksburg, MS. These were suggested to us by Ted & Sue as well as Dan & Pat, so we look forward to seeing and visiting these sites on the Natchez Trace.
Today had been a good day and we are kicking back to just relax this evening.
We really look forward to tomorrow and we can’t wait to see what that day has in store.....