We made it to Alma, Arkansas. Yep, the fine town of Alma. For those that are geographically challenged, Arkansas fills the gap between Memphis and Oklahoma. Other than that, I’m not sure why else it is there.
I did find the people in Arkansas to be very nice. The RV park works on the honor system. Get there after hours, spend the night, use their water and electric, then if you leave before they open, just leave the money in an envelope. Try that in Michigan.
Anyways, other than almost taking out power to a church in Nashville, and going the wrong way down a road that never ends, or that has enough room to turn around a 35′ RV, the travel has been fine. I did want to share some things I learned since we left Michigan on Sunday (seems like a month ago):
- It’s freaking hot down here in the south
- Elvis is still and always will be the “The King”
- My brother-in-law needs to learn what good BBQ is
- My wife is amazing for putting up with me
- And…you can make friends anywhere you go, especially four-legged ones…if you have food
The Graceland tour has been the highlight for me thus far. So much to see. They built a new facility across the street from Graceland that houses all The King’s artifacts, cars, planes, awards, etc. Elvis passed away at 42, so it is amazing how much he accomplished in his short life.
One quick note, we got four minutes of airtime on Elvis Radio, courtesy of Argo, one of the DJ’s at the station. Do they still call them DJ’s? We talked about why we are doing what we are doing, and what we are trying to accomplish at Walk For The Beat. They were more than gracious, and we appreciated the opportunity. Hats off to our friends at Elvis Radio (SiriusXM 19…tune in).
Our next stop is Elk City, Oklahoma. We will be passing through Oklahoma City on our way there with a quick stop at the 45th infantry division museum. It’s a WWII thing. Bill Mauldin was in that division and was a famous WWII cartoonist.
After that, one more stop, then two days at the Grand Canyon (bucket list item for sure, just as Graceland was for me). One more overnight just inside California, then we will arrive at our destination in Oceanside, California on the 27th, and begin the walk on October 1st with Brother-In-Law John, and good friend Daniel Yowell.
I will post pictures of the Grand Canyon, and give further updates upon arriving in Oceanside. Until then, carry on and be good to your heart.