West Bound

 

It was finally time to head West towards home.  We flew a heading of 270 degrees with no idea of where we would spend our nights or what sights we would see.  As it turned out we encounter clouds, which we flew above.  We had a brief fuel stop in Raleigh, North Carolina, then on to Knoxville, Tennessee.  After topping the tanks off, we again, headed West.  Our final stop for the day was in Memphis.  Sandy and I had no clue as to what to do, until we opened our AAA book, which indicated many sights in the area.  It included Graceland (home of the "King"), the "National Civil Rights Museum", which is located on the grounds of the hotel where Martin Luther King was shot.  And a real surprise was "Beale Street", which is the home of the Blues!  MORE MUSIC!


As we took off at 6:30 in the morning, it was extremely cloudy.  

As we over flew the "Wright Brothers Memorial",  the clouds briefly opened up and shed light on the Monument! 

It was cloudy in every other direction.

 A hole in the clouds revealed this North Carolina college.

No clue as to where we were.

 We flew over clouds for approximately 600 miles.
 This is Memphis, which has the largest free standing aircraft cover in the world.

They put your name up in lights when you arrive. 

When we opened the aircraft door, we heard "Blues" from the canopy.

 This is "Beale Street", where Blues is the music of choice.
 This night club owned by

guess who?

 This is the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968.
 Sandy, wired up and ready to tour the home of the "King".

 

Graceland!

 Never thought I would visit the home of Elvis.

In reality, it was a VERY interesting tour.

 A view across the living room.
 This television set was not that different than what I grew up with, back in the sixties.
 The "King".

Elvis!

 Sandy and the pool area.
 This is where the "King" now rests.
 One of two airplanes which Elvis owned.
 Our Cessna awaits us.

It was hanging around some very expensive iron.

 177DP is our airplane number.

Memphis has a way of making you feel extremely welcome!


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