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From Captain Tom
We decided to take our rental car to Memphis for some sightseeing. First stop, Graceland. As we are driving down Elvis Presley Blvd., I asked Sue if she punched in the address for Graceland. Sure enough, the voice came on and said your destination is on the left. I looked at the gates of Graceland and said to Sue "The gates aren't nearly as big as I thought they would be" they were open though and I decided to drive in.
As we pulled past the guard house, I think Barney Fife had his feet up on the table and fell off his chair as I passed by. He came RUNNING out with his hands waving over his head.
I stopped and he asked "Where do you think you're going?" I said, "I'm going to Graceland" He said, "Not this way you aren't, go across the street and park with the other 1000 or so people." He was NOT happy... I had to chuckle a little bit after I apologized and backed out of Graceland as I never thought I would ever drive through the gates of Graceland.
We proceeded to join all the others and had an interesting tour. It didn't disappoint and was full of all the glitch, shag carpet, planes, cars and more you would expect from Elvis. Thank you, thank you very much...
Memphis is rich in music history and we continued the roll by going to legendary Sun Records where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and so many more were first recorded by Sam Phillips, who was the owner and well ahead of his time by recognizing the emerging talent at Sun that would eventually create Rock and Roll.
The building and studio have not changed from the hey day and it was really fun and interesting to see the old equipment and you could just feel the vibe being there... very cool.
Our insurance restricts how far south we can travel prior to November 2nd, unofficial end of hurricane season. That is Demopolis, AL., about 230 miles from our present location.
We are leaving in the morning to travel about 55 of those miles down the Tenn Tom waterway and continue to take our time moving south.
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.