Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
With An Easter Greeting Back On The Road
Thursday, March 28, 2013
A Clear Road And No More Snow
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Leaving Tennessee And Finding More Snow
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Let It Snow - Let It Snow – Let It Snow – Oh Nooo!
|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
With Longjohns And Steaming Coffee cup
|It’s getting colder in Arkansas. Yes, that’s right, instead of warming up it is getting colder. We have had some blue sky today which caused the temperature to drop even further. An icy wind blows out of the west reaching at least 30mph. Doggie walks have made me pulling my longjohns out of the closet. Never thought using them again before we were home.|
With low temps our propane is flying out fast, and today we looked around to find a filling station in this town. Propane might not be as cheap as in Yuma, AZ, but gas prices must be at the lowest this Nation has to offer these days. Forrest City has regular gas at 3,19/gallon.
There have been more than usual comments about city parking policies at Walmart locations. Bea has found a very useful website where RVers can check whether overnight parking at Walmart locations is allowed.
If you are into Walmart-Camping save this website. It’s gonna save you extra miles and aggravation.
When talking about by-laws we shouldn’t confuse them with zoning laws. Zoning has a different purpose and is more focused on area- and traffic- planning.
Oh my… I shopped until I dropped – at Walmart
When Walmart allows overnight parking on their own properties no such public interest exists. There is no security risk, no traffic hazard – no nothing. Walmart even provides their own mobile security all night long. Additional Security cameras are in use. All that, plus the convenience of being able to do some shopping, makes Walmart parking lots the most popular overnight parking for RV-owners. I could also mention that most Walmart Supercenters have open 24/7 which should make it extremely difficult for any constable to roust an RVer at 3am at night. Afterall he might still be a Walmart customer.
Thanks for shopping at Walmart!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
NO OVERNIGHT STAY!
We Moved Just 5 Miles!
|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!