Today we skipped the ihop and headed out of Memphis towards Tupelo Mississippi. Why Tupelo? It’s just the birthplace of the King. We got on the road at about 10:30 and headed into Mississippi with a couple of coffees from Dunkin’ Donuts. By about 11:30 we were hungry and stopped in Potts Camp, Mississippi for breakfast. What can I say about Flickin’ Truck stop (which is the actual name…)? Well… it was exactly as you might assume it would be. The tables didn’t match, the chairs didn’t match, the whole place was a little grubby, but the food was adequate and the coffee was good so it all worked out 🙂 The only thing that I found completely odd was the women’s bathroom. I’m assuming there were to be two stalls and maybe the flooring guy got in there before the walls could be installed?
Anyway, we got back on the road and drove through the Mississippi countryside listening to music – it’s green and gorgeous and by noon it was already 29C so about 80F. The farmers here are already getting the crops in and the corn is already up! Much further ahead than the season is in Alberta or Ontario.
Eventually we got to Tupelo and saw the birthplace of the King. Tupelo is not the most prosperous town but has benefitted from having the Elvis connection. Elvis actually gave money to the town of Tupelo so that they would leave his birth home as it stands and build a park around it for the people of Tupelo to enjoy. It really is a lovely park but was infested, as was Graceland, with many Elvis souvenirs. We had a brief walk around then got back on the road. This time we headed north west and wound up in Clarksdale – a very poor town. It is really disheartening to see the slow decline of what was clearly a prosperous town at one time. I have no idea what the answer to this is, but the living conditions are not great.
We left Clarksle and drove until we were in Forrest City Arkansas. Forest City is not a very prosperous town either but being closer to the interstate it does have a bunch of hotels and fast food joints. The hotels, it turns out, were pretty dilapidated and some were not open. Of the few that were, we were able to get into one that was pretty nice.
So we are here for tonight and then tomorrow we are on the road again. Where? I’m not exactly sure but we are heading west. We might not come back till it’s warm in Canada… but we’ll see 🙂
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