Onward to EveryBus

Trip Start Jan 01, 2006
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Trip End Apr 30, 2006


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Sunday, April 16, 2006

From Atlanta, GA

Friday morning we head out from the Shilo Resort and Campground towards Greenville, MS. There are supposedly some good Juke Joints there and it being the start of the week end we hope to find some good music. Stopping at the information centre as we arrive we learn of a Blues Festival in the local community centre Saturday evening. We find our way to Wispers Bar to get tickets then of to the Warfield Point RV Park on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. Friday night proves to be very interesting as we must endure a Tornado, thank you very much. As we're relaxing in the van watching TV the program is interrupted to tell us about a storm watch. The Tornado is heading our way and is supposed to pass through in 15 minutes. We decide to batten down the hatches and escape to the brick restrooms to wait out the storm. Heavy winds with rain and hail had already begun to fall as we make our way through the night to the restrooms. Once in we can hear the wind fiercely blowing and the hail pounding on the metal roof. Within a half hour the storm has passed over and we are fine and we make our way back to the van. No apparent damage around except for tree branches scattered about. We do learn in the morning than the damage to the north of us was intense and some people lost their lives.
Saturday is my birthday so we set out to see what we can do before the Blues show at 8 pm. There are Casinos on Riverboats here so we head there to try our luck. Mostly slots with some table games. We throw a few bucks away, our luck is bad, we give up and head for the Wal Mart to shop, what else ! Out for diner afterwards then off to the Blues show at the community centre. Featuring Bobby Rush and his orchestra along with many other performers we are treated to an evening of down home Mississippi Blues, We are among the four or five white persons in a sea of Negroes. The show begins and soon the building comes to life with action. The show was spectacular, and we feel lucky again to have been in the right place at the right time. We were planning to attend the after show party at Wispers but at 1 am we were too tired to keep on so back to camp for sleep.
Sunday morning, LATE, we pack up and head out for Clarksville, Mississippi, the home of the Blues Museum and other Juke joints. We thought maybe there would be more action there but alas being Sunday everything was closed. We then locate a campground on Sardis Lake, a few miles to the East and go there for the night. Sardis Lake seems to be the favourite fishing hole for people from miles around as the camp is filled with fishermen. We get a spot in the crowded camp near the lake and I do some fishing. We spend Monday there recuperating and relaxing and fishing. I get a nice bass that we have for diner, but end up loosing too many lures to make it a worthwhile ongoing adventure.
Tuesday we pack up and head for Tupelo to visit Elvis's birthplace. As we arrive we find the Tupelo automobile Museum. There's around 50 Model A fords in the parking lot out on tour and they have stopped here. We visit the museum then make our way to the Elvis Birthplace & Musem. All very intresting seeing the house he was born in. Heading East we come across the site of the longest natural bridge east of the Rockys. Quite the rock formation. Some pics then we head further East to the William B. Bankhead National Forest Corinth Recreation Area in the mountains of Alabama for the night,
Wednesday we continue on our way East through the mountains of northern Alabama heading to Georgia. Stopping at the Clarkson covered bridge, a 275 foot structure. Further along in Alabama we pass a field of old beetles and buses so just have to stop. We meet Don of Dons Buggies who came here from Cali some 15 years ago. He builds sandrails and dune buggies and sells restoration parts for Beetles and Buses. We of course have a good chat over a few beers then we get back on the road toward Atlanta. We're supposed to meet up with Westy friends George & Joanne there. It's getting late so we decide to hole up at a Flying J just east of Atlanta before getting lost in the big city at night then make our way to their place in the morning.
Thursday morning we're off to find George and Joanne. Taking I-20 into Atlanta at 9 am Friday morning may not have been the wisest of decisions. Traffic is jammed and we get to see life in Atlanta from the freeway. We eventually pass through the centre to the Northeast side where they live. Getting there just before noon, so not too bad after all.
We now have relaxed in Atlanta with George & Joanne, camped out in their condo parking, for a few days and Monday morning we will head out to North Carolina and EveryBus. George & Joanne can't get away until Tuesday so we won't wait for them as we are antsy to get moving again and get to Hagen Stone Park and get set up and relax before all are other VW friends show up. See you there those of you coming to EveryBus ! Hasta la vista mes amigos.
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