TexasRVer--The Fulltiming Travels of Gregg & Lyddia travel blog

The new Bass Pro Shop in Memphis

BB King statue in the Welcome Center

Elvis's statue in the Welcome Center

Entry to Graceland

Elvis's plane across the street from Graceland

Tug pushing 30 barges down the Mississippi River

Blues City Cafe on Beale Street

Rib and Catfish plate with a side of chili fries

The deserts of brownies, apple dumplings and pecan pie

Looking down Beale Street

DeGray Lake State Park

Our sight at #100

A beautiful sunset to end the day

Out our rear window

We arrived at the Tom Sawyer RV park on the Mississippi River in West Memphis, Arkansas. We saw several barges, tugs, Coast Guard ships and fishing boats going up and down the river. The longest was a tug pushing 6 barges across and 6 barges long. A total of 36 barges. The average size was about 28 to 30 barges. There is a observation tower in the park that we climbed up and watched several come by. It was pretty neat to see the boat traffic go up and down the river all day and all night long.

The next day we thought we would check out Memphis. We took a drive down River Side Drive and the Tennessee side of the Mississippi River. We found the new Bass Pro Shop so we had to stop and check it out. They had opened back in May. Inside it was like the other Bass Pro Shops with fish tanks and running rivers stocked with trout, bass, carp, gar and stripers. There is a 300 foot free standing elevator in the center of the pyramid that goes up to an observation deck and restaurant. We drove by Graceland and saw Elvis's 2 planes across from Graceland. There were souvenirs shops everywhere.

We then decided to check out the Memphis BBQ scene. We had heard about one called Central BBQ. It had some good reviews and we had seen them on one of the BBQ shows on the Food Channel. So we went to check it out. I had the combo plate with brisket, pulled pork and sausage. Karen and Lyddia had the combo plate with chicken, ribs and brisket. Of all of it the ribs were good and the sausage. The brisket and pulled pork was dry and didn't have alot of flavor. They did have several different sauces from mild sweet to sweet hot. Also mustard base and a vinegar base sauce. Something for everybody. The BBQ needed some kind of sauce to make it better.

We then headed back to the park and settled in for the evening getting comfortable and watching for river traffic. The weather has really been nice our whole trip back to Texas this time. We were hoping for a little more cooler weather to start the trees to put on their fall colors. It seems that we are still about 1 to 2 weeks behind full color. The farther South we get the more browns and yellow we see.

The next day we walked around the park and watched some more of the river traffic. The largest barge we saw was a tug pushing 36 barges down the river. There was a elevated platform that we climbed up into so we could get a better view of the river and campground. We then went back into Memphis to try some more Memphis BBQ. This time we went to the Blues City Cafe on Beale street. We had the fried catfish and ribs. The sides were coleslaw and baked beans and steak fries. Although it is a little redundant, we had an appetizer of chili cheese steak fries. All of it was very good and even though we are still partial to Texas BBQ the Blues City Cafe is a good place to visit. After dinner we walked down Beale Street which they had blocked off to traffic. All of the shops had Callers standing outside to get people to come in. There were bands playing at all of the shops. Beer bars were up and down the street.

The next day we hooked up and headed to Arkadelphia. It was a little over 200 miles. We pulled into DeGray Lake State park a little after 3:00. The park sites are close and the part we were in was crowded with alot of cars parked along the narrow road. The neighbors next to us offered to move their vehicle so it gave us more room to back in. It was tight getting into our space. Also the spaces are fairly short. When we were reserving our site they had the sites listed in different lengths. At first we thought it was referring to the length of the rig. But it is actually the over all length of the site. Ours is listed as 55 feet. It is just enough to get our 33 foot trailer and the truck in without sticking out into the road. Out the rear window of the trailer is a beautiful view of DeGray Lake. With a fantastic sunset we called it a day and turned in. We might do some exploring tomorrow around the area. "Catch You Down The Road"

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