Penny and Bob's Great Adventure 2011 travel blog

I don't know what this pyramid is in Memphis but there it...

Here we go...over the Great Mississippi River!

That's a barge going upriver under the bridge

The Ti at Tom Sawyer's RV Park on the Mississippi River

So this is what Arkansas smells like.

I love to watch the barges on the river. They're very loud...

A lonely little pushboat going downriver all by itself.

WOW! That's a lot of water!

The Memphis TN skyline along the Mississippi

There was a geocache in this parking lot so we decided to...

That's what I like...lotsa' choices!

Don't remember what it was but there was a lot of it!

If I hadn't eaten so much, I could fit through these bars!

A lot of flooding along here.


The rain has finally stopped and the sun is shining so it’s time for us to hit the road for the next short leg of our journey to Las Vegas. Next stop, West Memphis Arkansas. Left around 10:00 a.m. for the easy drive on I-40. Crossed the great Mississippi River at 11:50 and pulled into the Tom Sawyer's Mississippi River RV Park 10 minutes later. This is a very busy river! Four barges went by just in the short time it took us to set up and some of them were very long! The ones going upriver really move slowly because the river current here is very strong. The ones going downriver move right along. It’s 10:20 p.m. and there’s one going by right now. You can hear the deep steady hum of the engines as they slowly creep up the river. There’s a turn in the river right above us as it goes under the I-40 bridge at Memphis and I haven’t the foggiest idea of how the captains see where those turns are in the dark. Bob says they’re navigating by radar. A couple of the barges were tows of at least 15 barges - A tow of 15 Hopper barges, lashed together ( 3 - wide ) and 5 - Long ( "Lashed End To End" ), are equivalent to a 1/4 mile in overall length with the boat included, being approximately 1145 feet long. If loaded, a 15 barge tow carries a whopping 22,500 tons of cargo, more than 4 1/2 times what the average Cargo Ship carries!


Did some shopping in Millington yesterday and then went to a Tractor Supply to see their Comfort Heater, a quartz infrared heater like the ones Bob Villa advertises on TV. The Eden Pur he advertises doesn't have a great rating but I can't find a rating for the one at Tractor Supply. Anyway, it sure would be nice to supplement our heat here in the living room/kitchen area and it's so much quieter than the onboard heater. Bob wasn't pleased that it only had a 30-day "return to Tractor Supply" (after that, if there's a problem, you have to contact the manufacturer). So, we didn't get it.

On the way home, we stopped for a geocache at a Mexican restaurant and we decided to have lunch there. A HUGE lunch it was, too! We both saved half for dinner tonight.

The barges on this river were quite active last night and this morning. I'm not sure why they fascinate us but it is sure neat to watch them go up and down the river. There's also a lot of "stuff" floating in the river...trees, trash and all sorts of flotsam and jetsam. I'd like to stay a little longer...I mean, who goes to Memphis and doesn't sample some of the great Memphis barbequed ribs?? Maybe this can be a stop on our way back east...or again, maybe not.

Getting ready to pack up and move on to Lake Village in the very southeast corner of Arkansas. We've got reservations for a spot on Lake Chico. Bob's done his power walk and is headed back to the RV so that's my signal to sign off for now.

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