Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
|Today’s drive from Forrest City started under a blue sky. We made good progress, passing Memphis and Nashville without any big problems.|
Skyline of Memphis Mississippi River
The blue in the sky was long gone when we were continuing on the I-40 taking a north-easterly direction towards Virginia and climbing up the Appalachians. In fact the sky turned dark grey and I had an ugly premonition of what was in store for us.
The Memphis Pyramid Tennessee River
The Pyramid Arena, initially known as the Great American Pyramid was originally built as a 20,142-seat arena located in downtown Memphis at the banks of the Mississippi River. The facility was built in 1991 and was originally owned and operated jointly by the city of Memphis and Shelby County; Shelby County sold its share to Memphis in April 2009. Its unique structure plays on the city's namesake in Egypt, known for its ancient pyramids. It is 321 feet (98m, about 32 stories) tall and has base sides of 591 ft; it is by some measures the sixth largest pyramid in the world behind the Great Pyramid of Giza (456 ft), Khafre's Pyramid (448 ft), Luxor Hotel (348 ft), the Red Pyramid (341 ft), and the Bent Pyramid (332 ft). It is also slightly (about 16 feet) taller than the Statue of Liberty. A statue of Ramses the Great stood in front of the pyramid, which was created from a mold of the actual statue in Egypt. In 2011, this statue was leased to the University of Memphis for the cost of $1 and was moved to the campus in April 2012.
Sure enough, minutes later flurries started swirling around which soon turned into a real snow shower.
Tennessee barn in snow
The clock showed around 4pm when we approached Crossville,TN. It’s one of those friendly cities where parking at Walmart is allowed. So consequently, we went shopping right away. Right at this hour I smell a delicious chicken dish sizzling in the pan. How nice is that after a long day on the road.
Luckily, there was not enough snow to make a snowman, AL!
Tomorrow we will be leaving Tennessee and the I-40 to take on the I-81 north along the Appalachian Mountains. Hopefully, there will be no opportunity for building a snowman.
Thanks again for following along!
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
|I woke up to thunder clap and blinding lightning. What was going on? It didn’t take long before Molly came whining. |
Arkansas morning gloom “Dad there is some bad thunder out there”.
Well, there was precious little I could do, so I started coffee and turned on the TV to see what the weather had in store for us today. Weather man came on strong with a wind advisory, Seems we were running into a day full of problems. Checking out campgrounds in the neighborhood we found “Delta Ridge RV-Park just 5 miles down I-40 in Forrest City. Checking further we found that their rate was a mere 20 bucks a day.
So after the worst morning gloom had passed, we got ready and left the rest area.
Delta Ridge has about 20 sites and sits half a mile off I-40. Grocery shopping in walking distance and you register at the Ole Saw Mill Cafe, which you can see to your right when approaching the stop light at Mc.Donalds.
Kinda easy to find.
Mistake we made is pulling in on the parking lot of the cafe. Too tight to get out of again. Shoulda gone just around the parking lot and turned right onto an open space.
How long are we gonna stay here? Until the bad weather is over! If that should take until Wednesday – so be it. We were thinking of getting on the Appalachian Highway I-81, but that area is prone to receiving snow and even freezing rain. The bad weather should be passing on by the middle of next week and that would be the time for us to move on.
Hope you are having some better weather where ever you are!