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Arkansas to Georgia

Arkansas to Georgia

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Its a beautiful Day in AR and I find out I hit the road just in time... tornados warnings were out for several parts of AR that day! Phew~

Then I headed out of Arkansas on my way to Georgia and I’m driving real slow 55mph cruising along with my trailer…it’s a beautiful day and an easy drive. I’m headed to Georgia but will go thru Memphis and stop in Birmingham AL for the night.

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This here's my travel Guide Frog.

I had about an hour left before I reached the Arkansas border and whooop whooop whoop I hear the police sirens behind me pulling me over! Oh now what could possibly be the problem since I was going so slowly and in the right lane, I was stumped!

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So two Sheriff officers approach the passenger side of my car with their flashlights on and pointed at me at 11am in the morning!(can we say overkill? They must have noticed my California plates!), I have my license and registration out and ready for them,(I’ was guessing it must be a problem with my trailer) so this funny “Roscoe P Coltrain” Sherriff leans in my window and informs me that I “failed to merge”. I was baffled. How do you merge rigth when I’m already in the slow lane? So I ask what that means and in a disgusted grunt he says “when law enforcement is at the side of the road all vehicles must merge into the fast lane”. I totally get the reason for the New law and I’m sure they have had problems with officers being hit by oncoming traffic. The part I don’t understand is the fact that they were sitting in their patrol car on the side of the road(no lights on or anything) not even in the emergency lane but in the grass to the right of the lane sitting and radaring people for speeding. So it wasn’t like he was out of his patrol car giving a ticket or anything it was just the two of them parked.

They must have been totally board to pull me over especially when I was one of the few cars on the road and going so slow to begin with. So I say to the round pudgy Sherriff, Sir I’m very sorry I had never heard of the new law before or else I would have abided by it. The grumpy statey said there are signs everywhere and stomped off to his vehicle returning with my ticket.

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Unbelievable, he wasn’t about to give me a warning! I was shocked and a bummed because at the time I imagined the ticket would cost around $90-$100 but never imagined it would be a $215 dollars worth of a penalty! UGH, I was really bummed especially since I’d never even heard of the law before and I’m on such a tight budget. So for the next hour of my drive in Arkansas I had my eyes glued to every sign that passed. Even driving thru Tennessee I never saw a sign stating that law until I got to Alabama ~ He was quite mistaken but I’m over it and It was very funny to see this guy stomp off to his patrol car all goofy and grumpy just like a mix between Boss Hog and Roscoe P Coltrain from the Dukes of Hazard.

So to cheer up a bit, I treated myself to a detour to Graceland as I passed thru Memphis TN. It was a great distraction and very fun to step back in time and walk in the Kings mansion!

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Graceland Baby!
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It was extravagant for the times especially the Jungle room and the halls of all his gold records etc but it wasn’t as outlandish as I had imagined.
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The Jungle room was dark and crazy... major shag carpenting on the floor.

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This was the Peacock room~
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The Lisa Marie Plane~
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I walked away even thinking how modest it was for someone of his stature. Oh and its shocking how low some of the ceilings were! And how many of the rooms ceilings were carpeted! This one was like astro-turf!
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Lisa Marie's play set~
I love the grounds around the house. He had horses and fountains and sculpture etc.
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Then off to the right behind the pool is his grave and headstone with his parents and Pricilla.
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It was cool to see and people had left flowers and mementos for him around the site. They displayed so much of his costumes and awards etc. It was an cool tour and a great distraction.

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What an Entrance!

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And here's one of his restored trucks~

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I hit the road soon after and headed to Birmingham Alabama for a quick stop over and then on my way to Athens GA.

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I stopped over at the University of Georgia to check out The campus and Art Department Facilities. Looks like they have just added on another Fine Art wing too!Texas_Loui..ppi_363.jpg
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The campus is gorgeous with beautiful buildings
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Downtown Athens is a really lovely and thriving college town. lots of people out and enjoying the hot & sunny day!
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Then I checked out the Oconee's Art Center where I'm going to teach a Figure Workshop and they were having an art fair that weekend.
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The Art Center had tons of work rooms and a back barn building they are getting ready to turn into artist work space!Texas_Loui..ppi_367.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_368.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_369.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_371.jpg

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Its a really pretty area right on school street surrounded by cool homes with southern porches! love it~
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Unfortunately this particular workshop didnt run. It was a last minute effort and we just didnt get enough sign ups. I was very happy to make the connection to this wonderful Oconee's art center and look forward to seeing them again in the future. And thanks to Gary the organizer for all his time and efforts in getting the word out and trying to make this one happen~ we'll get them next time.

Now finding myself with some spare time, I headed to Atlanta GA.Texas_Loui..ppi_380.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_385.jpg
And stopped by the Engineer Guy to pick up some clay. What a great little supply store with a very nice owner who showed me all kinds of mold making materials!

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Finding my way around was interesting. My GPS kept me on my toes! check out how this interchange is...and the GPS kept saying keep left as you stay to your right, turn left now! yikes, life is interesting~
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I toured around Centennial Olympic Park which is huge and has sculpture sprinkled around along with a huge fountain kids were having a blast running thru. Perfect on this super hot day!

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I was also hoping to see Richard MacDonalds Sculpture "The Flair" there. I thought he had donated that piece to the 1996 olympic games to this park but couldnt find it anywhere. I even asked some locals and they had no idea where it was or even what it looked like. No such luck~

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Heading back to my hotel I ran across this cool Car Show and had to share some pic's with you. This is such a cool form of functional sculpture that is just eye candy. Look how that form turns!
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and of course there is a truck full of sod in the parking lot! gotta love it~Texas_Loui..ppi_430.jpg

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And here's my Rig parked next to those retiree's road coaches I mentioned earlier that zoom by me, and most are towing a car behind them as well!
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So Cheer up! Life doesnt always work out the way you planned but I'm headed on to Florida now.

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Isnt this field majestic! America the Beautiful!
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Posted by Karen Cope 14:08

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