Days Inn West Memphis
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You may have heard of jalopies,
You heard the noise they make,
Let me introduce you to my Rocket 88
-- Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, 1951
It took two days, but we finally made it across Tennessee, all the way to Memphis, Barbecued Pork Capital of the World . . . and Home of the Blues . . . and Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll …
... tail wind…
The agricultural scenery continued, the fields and pastures of Kentucky becoming more forested, lake and river-strewn (Cumberland River and the wide curving expanse of the Kentucky River) as we ventured into Tennessee. With the return of blue skies, the Mighty Mississippi River came into view, marred by the brown haze and smell of smoke (stubble burning). We turned south to follow the River, only leaving it again when it got close to the ...
... 8217;t know, several armadillos (R.I.P.).
For fans of Larry McMurtry (Lonesone Dove, Comanche Moon,
etc.) we traversed territory around the Pecos River, Rio Grande and Canadian
Rivers and I could picture The Texas Rangers chasing marauding Comanches across
the plains. Palo Duro will wait for another time.
Saturday the 23rd we were able to ...
... 3.17/gal and drove past Little Rock at 3:20. We are moving right along but didn't make Tennessee tonight. Of course, we couldn't get to our destination for the night without a little drama...first of all, the roads in the West Memphis, Arkansas area are atrocious. We had some smoother roads after we left Oklahoma and were just about home free 25 miles from our evening camp when all heck broke out. We think they must have worked at it to have so many chug holes, patches, and dips ...
Sadly it wasn't a real late night. A mighty storm blew through and I thought we were all going to get washed into the Big Muddy. It chased most of the revellers on the streets away, and our friends thought they had better head home to Nashville before anything worse came our way. It wasn't a late night, but thanks to great music, great food and great company, it was a great night