Monday, January 12, 2009

City of Blues & Rock & Roll

We were up today at 7:15 and it was brisk. The temp was 27 degrees outside, 45 inside. We turned up the heat and were warm and toasty in no time. We brought something with us this trip I had all but forgot about and it is a lifesaver, Electric blanket. Livin' with a lady who could heat a moderately sized buildin' with her Flashes, it's nice to be able to control one's temperature comfort level. We stayed at Natchez Trace RV last night. Nice little park, full hookup, Pool(not gonna see my carcass there), and some of the cleanest bathrooms we've seen in our travels across this country. You know it's a PA park and a bargain at $11.80 a night.

We left there headin' north on the 'Trace' and stopped at the visitors center just north of Tupelo. The we turned and headed west down US 78 towards Memphis. In Memphis we headed to Elvis Presley Blvd. RV park get a site for the night, another PA park at $16 per night. The park is two blocks from Graceland for those interested in visiting the 'Kings' home. We then headed downtown to find Gus's on Front St. Gus's looks more like your typical old time neighborhood bar from the outside but on the inside it's all restaurant. We were greeted and took a table. Our waiter Steve promptly took our order and brought our drinks. Linda & I both ordered a half chicken. We were told by others to expect a wait of up to one hour for our order to be prepared, surprisingly our order came within fifteen minutes. The chicken arrived nested on two slices of white bread accompanied by cole slaw and baked beans for $9.95. To say the chicken was excellent would be an understatement. We have never had better fried chicken, just a little spicy. I'd have to say it surpassed the cajun fried wings we had at Granny's Chicken Palace in Maggie Valley.

After Gus's we drove around the downtown until we came to the I-40 Welcome Center. By now it was around 4PM and most of the museums were closing at 5PM. A trolley ride was suggested and since we had never ridden on a real trolley car, we jumped on the idea. For 50 cents each we took a complete loop of the downtown area of Memphis, for 50 minutes on trolley cars that were 100 years old. The trolley car are all different but the interiors of the two we rode were crafted of various varnished hardwoods. After that we walked all the river to burn off some of that dinner, then some shopping and back to the RV Park.


Elvis himself greets visitors at the Welcome Center.


I tried to get a picture of the interior of the Trolley as we rumbled down the street.


Memphis in evenings early light.

We watched some TV and called it a night. Tomorrow we're headin' back east on I-40 towards the northern end of the Natchez Trace.

Maybe we'll see ya down the road as we're,

Dancin' on the Wind.

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