|A bad picture of myself on a very chilly morning by the Mighty Mississippi River|
Back at the hotel, we had a great breakfast. Complimentary breakfast at the Marriot Springhill Suites is not just juice and a donut. There are eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuts, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt and juice. It was delicious. They really want you to return; and return I will. After breakfast, we hit the road.
Another benefit of this trip is that I would get to go to three new states. I have a goal of visiting all 50 states and I don't count airport layovers. We drove west on 1-40 across the Hernando De Soto bridge into Arkansas. A few minutes later we headed south on State Highway 131/Mound City Rd. to I-55. We then headed southeast on 1-55 back into Tennessee. During our 15 minute tour of Arkansas, I told my brothers and dad about my goal to go to all 50 states, not counting airports. My brother Mike criticized me for not counting airport layovers but counting Arkansas as "visited" after spending only 15 minutes there. He always was a critic. Despite Mike's protests, I checked it off my list as state #39.
While I am speaking about Mike, let me say that as we re-entered Tennessee, he cut in front of a semi truck attempting to make an interchange. We were only about 15 feet in front of the semi and this is where our obituaries could have been written. Or they could have been written a few minutes later on the route we took into Mississippi.
Our plan was to exit at Highway 78 and head south into Mississippi. In Holly Springs, Ms, we took Highway 7 south to Oxford. While still in Memphis proper, we were grateful we didn't have to get out of the car. Have you seen the move "Blindside?" The rough neigborhood that he grew up in seemed to be our route. Every gas station, office building, apartment house and store looked like a place that you wouldn't dare enter. Thankfully we arrived in Mississippi, state #40 for me, and it morphed into verdant countryside.
The scenic byways that I was hoping for on this trip began to take shape. It was truly spectacular. We arrived in Oxford Mississippi and made our way to Ole Miss University. There is something unique about a college campus. For the most part they are beautiful with stately buildings; especially in this part of the country. We parked right by "The Grove" where some of the best tailgating in the country happens. "Ole Miss might not win the game but we will always win the party" is what one fan shared with us. We happened to be there at noon on a Friday; no tailgating for us. We then made our way to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to see where the Rebels play. They aren't much of a team this year but the stadium is quite a sight. Something about being in SEC country. College Football is almost religion down here.
|Stately Building on Beautiful Ole Miss Campus|
|Ole Miss Campus|
|Walking around Historic Oxford Town Square|
|Oxford Town Square|
|Soulshine Pizza Factory|
|Soulshine Root Beer|
|"The Carnivore" Pizza|
|The gate was open & we walked right onto the field.|
|Ole Miss Rebel Shop|
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