Last night we had a re-think over our route. We had an invite from a lovely couple in Nashville, Walt Mobley and his wife, who post comments on the blog as Dragonfly, unfortunately we unable to mesh in the dates and as we are getting a bit behind with the mileage so we decided to skip a few places, namely, Nashville, the Cedar Park fun fair on Lake Erie and Chicago. This has saved us about 800 miles. Despite that I have to say a big thank you to Walt and his Lady.
This change allowed us to head straight for Elvis Presley's, Graceland's estate in Memphis. A 180 mile dash got us there mid afternoon and after buying our tickets, which for a change we thought was reasonable, especially with the Armed Forces discount. They seem to revere their current and previous forces personnel.
Anyway, Gracelands. Brilliant. We started off with a tour of the actual Gracelands mansion which was a lot smaller than we expected it to be.
|The whole place was quite small|
|The lounge including piano|
|A very dated (now) kitchen|
|The jungle room. Even the ceiling has a green carpet on it.|
|One of the many trophy rooms with probably 30% of the gold disks.|
|Some of the outfits made famous by Elvis|
We then went outside into the garden and the place took on another dimension. As well as a swimming pool, paddock and racket ball court, there was the family plot.
|In the garden is Elvis' grave along with his Mum and Dad|
Elvis also had two planes. inside one was like a long plush hotel.
|This was the dining room inside the larger of the two planes.|
|We then hit the Diner, and also a couple of bottles of Bud.|
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|Pic taken whilst riding on a motorway so please excuse the shot.|
|As we approached our stop for the night in Jonesboro the sun was sinking fast.|
The next few days are going to be a hard slog riding over the flat farming vastness of central America so do not expect too much in the way of scenic photos for a while. The good news it that when it is over, it will get real good.