(for those of you who have been having trouble registering your email on my blog, the problem has been fixed. If you register your email in the right section of this page, you will receive an alert when I post a report on my blog)
October 7, 2019
Dear Family & Friends:
I had been looking forward to October 1 for weeks since my wife, Sharon, my daughter, Amy, and two of my grandchildren, Mitch and Ava, were planning to meet me in Memphis.
After departing the sandbar, I rounded a bend in the River and the Memphis skyline came into view. I arrived in the morning and found a marina to park and lock my canoe. As I pulled into the marina, I saw Steve parking his green Walmart kayak at the same marina. Steve was staying with River Angel Dale Sanders who has the distinction of being the oldest person to canoe the River from Source to Sea. We enjoyed lunch together and Dale dropped me off at the famous Peabody Hotel.
Sharon, Amy and Ava arrived at the hotel at 5 pm
, just in time to watch the parade of ducks depart from the fountain
in the lobby of the hotel, march to the elevator and ride the elevator to their rooftop “Duck Palace.” Mitch arrived the following morning.
Our meals at Capriccio Grille, Arcade, Rendezvous, Pearl Oyster Bar and Gus’s were delicious. At night, we visited the many restaurants and bars on Beale Street and enjoyed lots of rock-and-roll, soul and blues music.
Sharon & Ava returned home on October 4. On October 4, Amy, Mitch and I visited the National Civil Rights Museum
. We were deeply moved by this Museum which recounts our nation’s history of slavery and racism and the struggle of African Americans for civil rights, leading up to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis
in 1968. The hotel has been converted into the Museum. We spent over 3 hours touring this great Museum. A trip to Memphis
is justified just to visit the Museum.
Mitch left in October 5 and Amy and I travelled to Dale Sander’s home in the suburbs of Memphis where I signed his “Wall of Fame.” For years, Dale has been collecting signatures of Source to Sea paddlers on his Wall of Fame.
Amy returned home on the morning of October 6. My plan was to depart Memphis
on October 6 and resume my journey down the Mighty Mississippi. However, the forecast was for heavy thunderstorms starting at noon
, so I stayed in Memphis
one more day. Good thing. The thunderstorms arrived in full force in the afternoon and lasted all night.
I departed Memphis in the morning on October 7.
I will soon exit Tennessee and enter Mississippi on the left bank with Arkansas on the right bank. According to my maps, I will not encounter a city for several days. So, I’ll be tent camping a lot on the River over the next few days. The good news is I am closing in on my goal, with just over 800 miles to the Gulf.
Steve, Dale & Bill
The march of the ducks at the Peabody
Dinner at the Capriccio
Breakfast at the Arcade
Dinner at the Rendezvous
My beautiful daughter Amy
Sun Studio & the Million Dollar Quartet
The National Civil Rights Museum
Mitch jamming with the band
Signing the Wall of Fame
Bye, bye Memphis Blues