Back to the old South

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End May 29, 2010

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Memphis wasn't kind to us. We had problems with the room, the barbecue place screwed up our order, and I sat on my glasses. But Lewis & Clark and Hernando Desoto (see below) were not dissuaded by adversity, so we soldier on.

We didn’t visit Graceland. I know that will shock many people, but neither of us are rabid Elvis fans. Plus it costs 28 bucks for the tour. So we contented ourselves with a drive-by and took photos of Graceland behind its screen of trees, the graffiti covering the stone wall fronting Elvis Presley Boulevard, and Elvis’ private aircraft. If you are an Elvis devotee who is offended by our casual attitude, I have a piece of advice: get a life.

Today we drove down the route of the old Natchez Trace, now called the Natchez Trace Parkway. Segments of the original road, built 200 years ago on a trail used by the Choctaws and other tribes, still remain along the Parkway. Also, Indian burial mounds and a sign commemorating Hernando Desoto stumbling upon the Mississippi River near Memphis in 1541. The Parkway is a very pleasant drive, a great way to get across Mississippi. We motored on to the strains of Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf and Johnny Tillotson. Righteous Brothers’ "Rock n’ Roll Heaven did not mention Elvis, and then we realized its release (1974) pre-dated Elvis’ demise in '77.

Tonight and tomorrow night we’re at the lovely Cedar Grove B&B in Vicksburg, recommended to us by our good friends the Martens. We have had a great dinner (fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits) and a bottle of champagne. Tomorrow we’ll explore the town and decide whether to continue our journey south. Home is looking pretty good about now.
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Jim Brams on

Ray, Elvis' Cadillac is a 1957 Eldorado Biarritz ... the classic car I want most in life. Restored ones are about $85,000 and up, completely out of my price range. But I can drool for free. And love The King's color pick!

Ben on

Wait, so the Martens get a shout-out for recommending a B&B but Ash and I get NO love for making your soundtrack?

Ash made shrimp n' grits just the other day. You would've approved, to say the least.

Suzie Raeder on

I'm with you. I would have passed on Graceland too.

Renee Jacquier on

Ray and Carolyn,

Have finally logged on and have read about your travels. Sounds like you're having a great time.

We really enjoyed visiting with you both in WI. Enjoyed the mexican dinner even though Carolyn did try and take advantage of you Ray. Kim and I have your back...

Have Fun..


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