Posted by: lindsaygoes | September 11, 2012

Rocking my way through the USA

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After our visit to Manassas we camped in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. Unfortunately the weather had taken a turn for the worse which meant preparing dinner in the rain while other people were erecting a shelter around me.

The next morning we had a bit of a drive to get to Nashville where we decided the outside of the Country Music Hall of Fame was about all we felt we needed to see, particularly after not recognising most of the names in the stars in the Walk of Fame park. So we had a bit of a wander and dinner on Broadway, going into several of the boot stores. I’ve never seen so many cowboy boots in all my life. We also saw lots of neon lights and ate ice-cream.

So that was our time in Nashville and the following day it was on to Memphis, first stop Graceland, which we were staying next door to in the Graceland RV and camping park. Graceland was lots of fun, with the interior decorating, plane and car sections, and collection of Elvis outfits. From Graceland we went into the center of Memphis where we saw the outside of the Lorraine Hotel (now the Civil Rights Museum) where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and then did a tour of Sun Studios. For such a tiny place it’s amazing that it discovered so many incredible artists, and the tour is really well done with mementos and snippets of music recorded there, including Elvis’s first ever recording. You can even pose in the recording studio with a microphone that Elvis used. That night we had dinner on Brake St, and everyone in the group ordered ribs. They were incredibly tender, you just needed to poke them with a fork and the bones would be clean of meat. We then ambled around, checking out more neon lights and listening to live music spilling out of all the bars.

Now we’re on our way to New Orleans, one of the points on the itinerary that I’m particularly looking forward to.

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