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Apr 13, 2018 - West Memphis, AR - Tom Sawyer RV Park

Our trip from Red Bay, AL to West Memphis, AR was a leisurely 162 miles, almost all of it on I-22 until we got just south of Memphis where we hopped on I-55 until our exit just across the Mississippi River. Again not many photos of the trip as it was all boring interstate! We are staying at the Tom Sawyer RV Park right on the shores of the Mississippi River. It is a very nice park although this current stay has been very windy and not conducive to really enjoying the stop. We have a very long pull-through with 50 amp full hookups. The...

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Apr 4, 2018 - West Memphis

Every sunrise is special in its own way and this one over the Mississippi River was no different. Plans for Wednesday was to take in Memphis, but as luck would have it, Memphis had their streets shut down for MLK50. Thousands of visitors have ascended on Memphis to commemorate the death of Martin Luther King, Jr with a march, many speeches, ringing of the bells world wide and festivities continuing on for days. I thought I would have liked to visit Graceland but all tickets were sold out. Bummer for me and relief for Sam. We did manage to...

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Apr 3, 2018 - Fort Payne to West Memphis

Day 2 takes us from Fort Payne, Al to West Memphis, Ark. Rough day of traveling as the wind was so strong it nearly took us off the road several times. Passed through Huntsville, Al, home of the US Space and Rocket Center . In Decatur, Al, we picked up the Trail of Tears following Hwy 72, a series of forced relocations of Native American peoples from their ancestral homelands in the Southeastern US to areas in the west that had been designated as Indian territory. Trail of Tears took us to Muscle Shoals, Al located 30 miles south of TN and...

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Apr 22, 2017 - On the Road Again!

We are camped the first night at the Tom Sawyer RV Campground right on the Mississippi River. Like almost all commercial campgrounds, it has campsites lined up like good little soldiers. We really prefer state and national parks, national forests, and Corps of Engineers campgrounds that scatter the sites fairly haphazardly around with bits of forest or at least shrubs in between. But this was as far as we were willing to drive today. We did stop at the Ouachita Art Gallery in Mount Ida to leave some postcards about our upcoming Small Works...

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Oct 19, 2016 - West Memphis, AR - Tom Sawyer's RV Park

Our trip from Ozark to West Memphis, AR was four and a half hours, 254 miles, of boring, fighting the wind and trucks, driving along I-40 East. There was little to see or take pictures of other than construction, traffic and trees today. We did manage to give the Mothership a drink in West Memphis at 2.499/gal, much higher than the 2.159 we paid in NW Oklahoma last time! We are staying at Tom Sawyer's RV Park right on the shores of the Mississippi River, just downstream from Memphis, so we can watch out our windshield at the tugs and barges...

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Aug 17, 2016 - West Memphis, AR

Today we went from Sallisaw, OK to West Memphis, AR. There were a lot of semi's on I-40 today. They must have drove up from I-10 due to the flooding in Louisiana. The semi's out numbered the cars, 2 to 1. There was on and off rain, overcast conditions and lots of traffic. We stopped at Tom Saywer campground so we could experience the Mississippi one more time. Tomorrow we head to Birmingham, AL.

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2016 Southwest

Aug 14, 2016 - Heading Back South

From Tom Sawyer’s RV Park – West Memphis, TN In the last week we have put 747 miles between us and Holmes County on our slow trek home. Made stops in Lebanon, OH, Cave City, KY & Parkers Crossroads, TN. First stop was just a one nighter then Cave City was for 2 nights. As it turned out glad we had planned on 2 because Rudy’s iPhone “bit the dust” Monday evening shortly after arriving. Located an AT&T store in Bowling Green and got a replacement. Also visited Target and WallyMart for some needed “stock” replenishing. Wednesday we moved into...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Perils Of I-40

From Tom Sawyer’s Mississippi River RV Park - West Memphis, AR Ahhh…..much better travel day timewise and amount of miles. The one hurtle today – I-40 for 116 miles. So many 18-wheelers that at times you felt boxed in by them. No way to escape…..one in front, one on rear bumper and another on your side close enough to pass the “Dijon Mustard” from his truck cab to ours. This formation continues for what seems like forever before breaking apart only to reform a short distance down the road. To add more to already frayed nerves, at least a...

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Oct 14, 2015 - Around Nashville and then on to Memphis

We got out and headed downtown to see the heart of country music. Downtown there isn't alot of parking spaces especially with the construction that seemed to be on every corner. After finding a parking space we made our way to the Ryman Auditorium. With a little imagination you could see Loretta and Doo sitting in front of the building. Well it would really take alot of imagination since there was a boring machine and caution tape along the sidewalk. LOL Then we walked a couple of blocks down to the what seemed like music row. It is lined...

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Sep 30, 2015 - September 30, 2015 - Thirty Fourth Stop - West Memphis, AR

The back of the trailer is within 125 feet of the Mississippi River at this RV Park. Today's drive was a longer one. I have never seen so many big trucks going both South and North as I did today. Huge clumps of trucks in both direction totaling at least 15 at times. Very few gaps when the trucks were not in view. Lots of barge traffic in both directions since we got here. Does that mean that business is good? The weather forcast is for lots of rain from here to home on Saturday. I don't mind driving through it, but don't like setting up...

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May 26, 2015 - Leg #8 - Tom Sawyer

/// Tom Sawyer RV Park W. Memphis, AR Tuesday – May 26, 2015 High Temperature: 80 degrees Low Temperature: 64 degrees Rain: 0.84” After two quiet days in Vicksburg it was again time to hit the road. We had some overnight rain but nothing in the forecast for today. Today’s route will take us north along the Mississippi River to W. Memphis, AR. // We departed Vicksburg by 9:15 A.M. Sherry is really getting into this early departure time stuff. Hwy 61 No. is a quiet and peaceful highway. The weather was nice, traffic was light and for the most...

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Apr 27, 2015 - Along the Mississippi River on the road to New Orleans

So we left St Louis on Wednesday intending to stop in Memphis for one night. I really wanted to see the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers so Tom plotted out a detour to get us to an Illinois State Park that was at the point where they meet. After turning off the interstate we went a few miles and we saw signs that said the bridge over the Mississippi was closed but we kept going – the bridge was closed. So Tom went the “other” way (about 30 miles of mistake) and we made it to the state park which was closed because of flooding....

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