When staying in Memphis we utilized the Agricenter International RV park. Like the RV park we stayed at in Raleigh, I was quite impressed. The sites aren’t anything fancy, but for $30, they are tough to beat. Unlike Raleigh, the Memphis fairground RV park had a bath and showers, and they accepted credit cards.
While continuing to eat our way across the Southeast, we dined at a great restaurant named Seasons 52 in Memphis. Although they are an upscale Darden chain that’s apparently been around since 2003, I’d never heard of them. Following a little research, I’ve come to learn they are scattered all over the country, including in Dallas and Plano. My NY strip was delicious, as was Alayne’s shrimp and grits. We also ate a local barbecue chain called One & Only. The price was about the same as Dickey’s, but the food was much better and they actually serve you at a table (as opposed the typical cafeteria style of so many barbecue places, including Dickey’s). Alayne didn’t think her brisket sandwich was as good as Dickey’s or my brisket, but I thought it was much better.
Unfortunately, it rained the entire time we drove the 196 miles between Memphis and Hot Springs. To add insult to injury, a tractor trailer sans trailer cut in front of us and threw a rock at our windshield, cracking it. We’re going to hold out hope that the windshield can be repaired, but if not, there goes another $3,000, which fortunately the insurance company pays half. I’m sure it wouldn’t have happened had the tractor been pulling a trailer. But without the trailer, the back tires were completely exposed.
We moved to Hot Springs following our couple nights in Memphis. The park we stayed at, Cloud Nine, was very nice, and it was only $35, which is a steal. Unfortunately, it rained pretty much the whole time we were there, only clearing the evening before we left. Nonetheless, we took the opportunity to drive through Hot Springs National Park and visit the Ouachita National Forest and Lake Ouachita (pronounced WASH-i-taw). It was cloudy and very cold, but we’re glad we got to see it anyway.
As I write this, we are already 295 miles further down the road and back in Texas. But, that’s another post away.