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Oct 11, 2018 - Trails

I'm taking a day off in Memphis, staying with friends. I went for a trail walk this morning. Since leaving home, my route has taken me along bits of historic routes such as the California Trail, the Mormon Trail, Santa Fe, Chisholm, and the Trail of Tears. I've also noted a multi-state golf trail, designed to get the travel inclined golfer to spread the money around. I walked some easy trails with Dawn and the kids at Dinosaur Monument, then alone at Grand Canyon. Along I-40 in Oklahoma, the proliferation of casinos seemed ripe for a...

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Stateside Road Trip

Jul 2, 2018 - Memphis

Made it to Memphis without any incident. The deer in Oklahoma and Arkansas must have been warned that the Mary was on the road. Crossed over the muddy Mississippi and had a great dinner in downtown Memphis at the Kooky Canuck. Drove past the famous Sun Recording Studio that saw the likes of Elvis, Jerry Lee and cash back in the 50s. And got a call from the dealership telling us that our bus is there waiting for us. We will see it tomorrow.

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Up and Rovin Zicaros

May 20, 2018 - Memphis, TN

We started out the morning with a quick trip to Waffle House, Jay’s favorite when we are on the road. Then it was back to the RV to get the car hooked up and on the road to Memphis. Why is it that every time I drive the RV there is a construction zone? I wasn’t behind the wheel for more than 15 minutes and we came upon a 30 mile construction zone! REALLY? 30 miles? Luckily, it wasn’t too bad since none of the lanes were closed…perhaps because it was Sunday. About 3 miles from our exit the sky opened up and we had quite a bit of rain. But by...

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Apr 15, 2018 - Memphis, TN

Enjoyed a few days visiting with family and checking out some sites in Memphis. We got the deluxe driving tour of the city from Chris's brother Tom, walked across the Mississippi on the pedestrian bridge, got a chance to listen to some great music and visited our first IKEA! Spring was making it's appearance with trees, flowers and grasses in full bloom. There is so much to explore in this city and I'm guessing Fall is also a beautiful time to visit.

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Spring 2018 Travels

Dec 28, 2017 - Graceland

You guessed it. I went to Graceland. I'd visited Graceland some 25 years ago when Caryn, a good friend of mine, and I drove across country to meet her husband in DC. They'd been transferred and she didn't want to drive it. Would I do it? You bet! Anyway, we stopped and toured Elvis' Memphis home on that trip and I had the obligatory grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich - Elvis' favorite. The weather was good and it was a fun stop. Well, my visit this time was not nearly so fun. It could have been if the people-movers had been more...

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Nov 7, 2017 - Memphis, Tennessee

When we left Sikeston, we moved to a membership park called Big Buck RV Resort near the little town of Hornsby, Tennessee. It’s an older resort that the previous owners had neglected and allowed it to deteriorate quite a bit. The new owner is working hard to restore it. Being so late in the year, there were very few people there and some of the amenities were closed for the season. In spite of that, we enjoyed our stay and made a few new friends. Oh, and the leaves are coming out in full color! It has been quite dry, and many leaves have...

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2017-Adventures

Nov 4, 2017 - Motel Break

The plan was to drive to Blytheville to see if the solar panels Sam helped to install at a high school there were still in place. They had disappeared. After Blytheville, we planned to drive a scenic drive beside the Mississippi River, but it turned out to be not very scenic except for the cotton fields. Neither of us had seen fields of cotton ready to pick, and so that was interesting. I remember seeing trucks pulling huge trailers of steel mesh with cotton filling them. Apparently these days, the cotton is picked and packed into bales...

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Arkansas in the Fall

Nov 4, 2017 - Memphis, TN Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2017

The drive from Nashville started with Rio the cat making a lot of noise and jumping back and forth from the back seat to the front seat. He finally settled on my lap (not his usual spot while in motion), but he kept up the noise. Tom says ‘”He’s off his meds” and I couldn’t help but laugh. Rio the cat did calm down. Then as we got close to downtown Memphis we came up on a mess on the interstate – all lanes closed and traffic being detoured from 4 lanes to 2 lanes and a traffic light to deal with. Google maps warned us but the detour was...

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Nov 4, 2017 - Cotton Fields and a Motel

The plan was to drive to Blytheville to see if the solar panels Sam helped to install at a high school there were still in place. They had disappeared. After Blytheville, we planned to drive a scenic drive beside the Mississippi River, but it turned out to be not very scenic except for the cotton fields. Neither of us had seen fields of cotton ready to pick, and so that was interesting. I remember seeing trucks pulling huge trailers of steel mesh with cotton filling them. Apparently, these days, the cotton is picked right in the fields...

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Arkansas in the Fall

Oct 26, 2017 - Beale Street, Memphis

Another day in the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll...our tour of the day was Sun Studio where we got to see the beginnings of many a star including Elvis. There was lots of memorabilia and clips of the recording sessions of too many musicians to mention. I am sure you will know Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison for sure. Then quick walks through the souvenir shops of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and the Memphis Rock n Soul Museum as all the walls are covered in photographs and information. One of the best...

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65 is good!

Oct 4, 2017 - Features of Mud Island River Park

1. Mississippi River Walk: This is a scale model of the Lower Mississippi river from the Ohio River in Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico. The model shows cities and structures along the river and includes maps of drainage areas. As you walk along, you can see different historical events and geographical transformations, ending in the “Gulf of Mexico” where you can take a boat ride! 2. Transportation on the Mississippi Exhibit: This exhibit shows the evolution of transportation on the river, from early canoes to modern day boats. The exhibit...

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Oct 4, 2017 - National Civil Rights Museum Exhibit

After looking through several exhibits in the National Civil Rights Museum, I found one exhibit in particular that interested me most. It was called "Separate is Not Equal" and told the story of desegregation in public schools. The exhibit caught my attention, and prompted me to do some research about the topic online. Before desegregation, white children attended one school and blacks attended another, usually lesser, school. According to the Plessy vs Ferguson case of 1896, this was viewed as constitutional. Segregated public facilities...

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