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"Sam & Mira" with Bubbie next to the Memphis Egg.

Last night there was a thunderstorm, something to make this California-thunder-starved girl happy as could be.  The lightning seemed to cover the entire sky, but there was very little rain.  Weather conditions for today were predicted to be rainy and possibly thunderous.  Considering how long it has been since it has rained back home, this would have been a wonderful change of pace.  Unfortunately, up to this time of day, it is still dry.

We crossed many creeks and rivers in eastern Arkansas.  They are very dark in color from the tanins of tree roots and leaves growing alongside.  They are quiet streams - no rapids or riffles.  Instead, I would think it would be restful and peaceful to sit beside one of these beautiful waterways.

We stopped at a rest area in eastern Arkansas so that Jag could drink his tea - a daily ritual.

"Sam, Mira" and Bubbie with Elvis at the Tennessee Welcome Center, Memphis.
  As we pulled in, I saw a sign reading "Overnight Camping Only".  That is not allowed in California or many other states - and it is very helpful to truckers and RV'ers.  This rest area was the first I've ever seen that had identified all of the bushes and flowers planted near the main building.  They were mainly tropicals.  One was called mandevilla - the name of the room we have reserved at Rousell's Garden B & B in Savannah, Georgia.  Two other plants delighted me: rose moss - a colorful ground cover - and copper plant, with appropriately-named leaves.  I wonder if they would grow in Concord.

Can we ever resist a state's Welcome Center?  Nope!  Tennessee's, along the Mississippi River front in Memphis, is big, imaginative and has less information than some.

Ajja with "Sam & Mira" next to Elvis' statue in Memphis, TN.
  But others lack big statues of B. B. King and - ta da - Elvis!  "Sam and Mira" got their pix taken with Elvis.  Both statues are bronze and accurate portraits of both men.

Jag insisted on a visit to Costco.  It was right off the highway, so no big deal.  He wanted to price Tennessee whiskey, thinking there would be a larger selection and lower prices than in California.  Wrong!  It was a big waste of time. 

We passed a town along I-40 in Tennessee with a really interesting name: Bucksnort.  Hmmm.  We also spotted a sign for a place in Arkansas called Toad Suck Park.  I so wanted to see that place, but I don't want to suck a toad.

I-40 Mississippi River Bridge - Memphis, TN.
  Brrrrr!  We passed a great many state parks along I-40 in Tennessee as well as the Shiloh National Battlefield from the Civil War.  I definitely would like to return to see the area.

We decided to pick one of the motels in the coupon book for Nashville.  Our choice was not a good one.  If you are roadtripping, don't stay at America's Best Value Inns.  They are dumps.  (You will notice I have not included a link!)  Jag liked the price and I needed a place with a guest laundry.  This one advertised a new laundry room - yeah, right!  Maybe it was new 15 years ago!  Yukh!  I just don't like big cities - Nashville is a very big city.  When one doesn't know the neighborhoods some big mistakes can be made.  There are no restaurants nearby - not even a MacDonalds.  I am very glad we are staying only overnight.

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