US Tour 2003
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This morning I managed to post a few diary pages and check
my emails. I also managed to re arrange the end part of this tour. Now
if all goes to plan i shall be leaving Larry 4 days earlier than we'd
arranged which means no Grand Canyon, and no Las Vegas, even though Larry
had informed me that Las Vegas wasn't liekly to happen anyway. Instead
I shall be staying with an Internet buddy in South Carolina. I felt that
as much as the Grand Canyon is a fantastic wonder I wanted to change the
pace of this trip so that it was less of a "Simon and Larry drive
around America and drive each other up the wall" scenario.
Today started well but shortly after lunch we hit a traffic
jam near Louiseville, we didn't get out of it for 2 hours. The day was
just driving and given the time we put in to it we didn't cover enough
miles. We finally got to our destination, Memphis, tired and frustrated
so I didn't get to write any of the diary nor get to the Internet. But
behind the frustration lay a quiet excitement because tomorrow I should
be realising one of my life time's ambitions, this being to visit Elvis
Presley's home Graceland.
After a half hour wait in traffic we managed to get off the motorway only
to find a far slower jam.
Still the view was interesting for a short while
Now I could pretend that the reason I took this was to point out the
disabled sign on the number plate but I think you probably know me a bit
better than that.
Entering Nashville home of the "Grand Ole O'prey"
We now enter the Bible Belt and immediately it becomes apparent, from
religious radio and TV stations, to the kind of names local companies
Larry decides the cats need to have a walk (euphamism for toilet), but
fearfully checking the picnic area out things don't happen the way Larry
If the cicades at Larry's sisters house had been loud they did not compare
the sound the tree frogs made at this car park. They were louder than
The only food available at this service station was from the caravan on
the left. So we went hungry.