Monday, September 28, 2009

Day 49 - (09/27) Jackson, TN

We left Texarkana at 11am today. We had originally planned to connect with Dick's sister in Drasco, AR (north of Little Rock), but that didn't work out. So ... we just changed plans as we drove through Arkansas.

We decided to see the Smokey Mountains before going home to Columbus. After a pretty, 374 mile drive through forested areas in beautiful weather, we ended up stopping in Jackson, TN. It's halfway between Memphis and Nashville, and kind'a out in the boonies.

There are very few campgrounds between Memphis and Nashville. We drove until after dark and finally pulled into Whispering Pines RV Park about 3 miles south of I-40E. This is one of the worst parks we've been in ... power was miss-wired and no rest rooms. Fortunately, we were prepared to operate self-contained and did. We wouldn't be here had we seen it in the light.

The day had a few highlights. Unfortunately, one will suggest all we do is eat.

Take exit 183 on I-40E (between Little Rock and Memphis), go south about 3 blocks and you'll find a parking lot on the left jamb packed with cars and semis. You're at Nick's BBQ and Catfish Restaurant. Dick had ribs, Carol had catfish and we shared fried peach pie. Wow! The meal was excellent.

We drove through downtown Memphis at 6pm. It was Sunday evening and the sun was setting. The view of the city and the Mississippi River was very pretty.

Did you know?
Texarkana is the only city in the US where the post office resides in two states and has two zip codes.

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