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Aug 27, 2015 - Memphis, TN

Today we went to Mud Island which is at the foot of Beale St. You go over the bridge and right on the Mississippi River are new high end condos and the Riverfront or waterfront park. There are walking and biking trails along with a great museum and a replica of the Mississippi River from its start at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and ending in the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans. The replica is 1/2mile long and shows the elevations of the River, the ports and locks. Each inch of elevation represents 8 ft of water. We spent about 2 hrs there then...

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Aug 26, 2015 - Memphis, TN

We left camp around 10:30. We went by an electrical supply store to see if they had the breaker we needed to fix our air conditioner. They did not but told us they were sure Graybar Electic would have it. They did not have it in stock but could have it by tomorrow. Great for us. Ironically it will be coming from St. Louis which we just left a couple of days ago. We then went to the Gibson Guitar Factory for the tour. They make Electric guitars here and it is the only one out of their four factories that offer tours. Bill and I have been...

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Aug 25, 2015 - West Memphis, Arkansas/Memphis, TN

Today we leave Paducah, KY for Memphis, TN. This is a drive of about 200 miles. We made a reservation at the Tom Sawyer RV Park which is suppose to be on the Mississippi River. It is actually located in West Memphis, Arkansas. Our drive was routine with clear skies and mostly good roads. We arrived at the park about 3:30 as we did not get an early start this morning. We will be staying here for four nights. This is a very clean park with 50 amp service and great views of the Mississippi River. We got set up and relaxed for awhile before...

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Aug 11, 2015 - Memphis

We spent 4 days in Memphis. We stayed at Tom Sawyer's RV Park in West Memphis AR. $40. A night but we were camped right on the Mississippi River. Only about 50 feet of grass between us and the River. Nice level concrete sites FUH. Big rig friendly. FREE washers and dryers! It was nice to just sit and watch the barge traffic on the river. The power that those boats must have to be able to push upwards of 20 barges upriver is amazing. Toured Graceland, it is no where as big as we expected,. Small rooms, low ceilings, you have to remember it...

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Aug 3, 2015 - Bringing It All Up To Date

We've slipped up in a major way as far as keeping our blog up to date. This will be an attempt to get caught up. We may gloss over some details that we'll have to come back and fill in. After leaving Nashville, we decided to swing a little west and visit Memphis. Having left the home of country music, we felt it only fair to see the home of the blues. We stayed at the Tom Sawyer RV park which is actually in West Memphis, Arkansas, right across the Mississippi from Memphis, Tennessee. Our site was only a couple hundred feet from the banks...

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Jul 17, 2015 - Highway 61 Revisited

We left Vicksburg this morning and drove up US 61, named the Great River Road or the Blues Highway. US 61 runs from New Orleans all the way to Wyoming, MN paralleling the Mississippi River most of the way. It's part of a network of roads and scenic byways on both the east and west sides of the river that have been designated the Great River Road. We've traveled quite a bit of the road over the last 7 years. Traveling this stretch from NOLA to Memphis is a first though. The route from Vicksburg is mostly through ag land with cotton, rice,...

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2015 Texas Trek

Jun 10, 2015 - Graceland

Wednesday June 10, 2015
Graceland! If you come to Memphis, you have to go to Graceland. It is the law. It is everything Elvis. The humble beginning in Mississippi during the depression, early talent, crazy fans, and culminating with flying out on his jet (a big one) to Colorado so that Lisa Marie can see snow for a few minutes. Gold plated seat belt buckles! It is the 70’s at its most dark cabinet and deep green carpeted excess. We then spent the evening in the Tom Sawyer campground on the Mississippi where we watched a barge go...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Sitting with the Stokeys

Wednesday June 10, 2015 Breakfast at the Stokey’s. Their house is wonderfully southern. Tall ceilings, big doors, hardwood all over the place and a manicured yard. Mike and Heidi are gracious hosts and have been kind enough to have us even though they are on the eve of a big trip to Montana themselves. We reminisced and updated them (it isn’t gossip if we just say nice things right?) about the goings on at Valencia Loop. We have another bit of camper business to deal with today. The battery on the camper is toast. It won’t take a charge, so...

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May 2, 2015 - Graceland, Memphis Tn

Yesterday May 1, 2015. GRACELAND, the home of Elvis Presley.His home was very nice and really very plain and simple. It is exactly as it was in 1977. Enjoy the pictures we've posted. We went down into Memphis to Sun Studios. It was very disappointing. Memphis is not set up like Nashville. Memphis is very hard to negotiate. Last night we saw a Elvis impersonator, he was young but very good. So were the milkshakes and sundaes. Today May 2, 2015 we traveled to St. Louis MO. Vinny drove some again today. We arrived at our KOA in St. Louis...

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Rolling Vacation

Mar 17, 2015 - Peabody ducks

Memphis, TN The Memphis Zoo has more than 3,500 animals – quite a few more than the Lazy L Safari we visited in Missouri. The zoo was created in 1906. In 2008, it was ranked "#1 Zoo in the U.S." by TripAdvisor. That honor now belongs to the Omaha Zoo in our home state of Nebraska. We were very impressed with the zoo. It is quite well laid out and very attractive. We even saw a few animals that were new to us. After the zoo we visited Shelby Farms. It is one of the largest urban parks in the US and covers more than 5 times the area of...

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Mar 16, 2015 - Graceland

Memphis, TN Graceland is a mansion on a 13.8-acre estate in Memphis, Tennessee that was home to Elvis Presley. Graceland is 17,552 square feet and has a total of 23 rooms, including eight bedrooms and bathrooms. Elvis bought this home for $100,000 when he was just 22 years old. We, the public, are fortunate to be able to tour the place. Parking is $10 per car. The most basic ticket is $36 for an adult up to $77 for the regular mansion and grounds tour plus the Automobile Museum, Elvis’ airplanes and a Keepsake Backstage Pass. Wonderful...

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Feb 18, 2015 - Still hanging out at Graceland

We are still hanging out at the Graceland Campground.The sun was trying to peak out and we spent most of the afternoon trying to scrape ice off slideouts.Most places it was 2 inches deep. Everyone is helping each other since we are all in the same boat! Some of the interstates remain closed. Last evening we were picked up in Elvis' pink cadaliac and driven to a local barbecue place for a great rib dinner. Another couple from the campground from Wisconsin went along. We had a good time but are hoping to head east soon since more snow and ice...

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